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Wednesday, 25 November 1959

Sir WILFRID KENT HUGHES (Chis) (holm) . - I shall be very brief. I regret that the Treasurer (Mr. Harold Holt) felt that he was not able to make the date of commencement retrospective to 1st July as was proposed by the honorable member for Parkes (Mr. Haylen) in his amendment. I did not vote for the amendment because I did not want to delay the bill further. That would mean that more people who will retire shortly would not be able to enjoy the benefits of this bill.

I realize that there is some force in the argument of the Treasurer that people who have retired since the Allison committee made its report and before the date from which these new provisions will operate, knew the terms of service under which they enlisted, and therefore they can have no real cause for complaint. But I do not see why members of the services should be treated exactly the same as anybody else, because there is a lot of difference in their particular form of service. However, I accept that; but in doing so, I direct the attention of the Treasurer to the fact that those people who retired early had the whole of the terms of service under which they enlisted altered. Their permanent careers were arbitrarily shortened by up to thirteen years, and no compensation was paid to them. Contributors to the Commonwealth Superannuation Fund were transferred without option to the Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Scheme, and superannuation contributors for full pensions were in 1948 forced to accept the frugal pensions provided by the Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Scheme. So, applying the same principle, I think consideration should be given to the suggestion I madeearlier that a special committee or some form of committee should look into grievances, which I think are very real.

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