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Thursday, 10 March 1966

Mr Whitlam m asked the Prime Minister, upon notice -

1.   In what circumstances and to what extent do the Government and Commonwealth statutory authorities (a) pay or make up the salaries of employees who are on military service and (b) require them to maintain their superannuation contributions?

2.   On what dates, by what means and with what results has the Government communicated with State Governments concerning the salaries and superannuation contributions of the employees of those Governments and their statutory authorities while on military service?

Mr Harold Holt - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows - 1. (a) Officers and employees employed under the Public Service Act who are called up for military service are subject to the following conditions in relation to salaries during military service -

(i)   as a member of the Defence Forces in time of war or as a member of the Defence Forces allotted for duty in an area in which the Forces of the United Nations are engaged in war like operations, full salary is paid for the first 14 days of military service;

(ii)   as a member of the Citizen Forces undergoing annual training or attending a school, class or course of instruction conducted for the training of members of the Citizen Forces, full salary is paid for the full duration of the annual training or school, class, etc., as the case may be.

(b)   Contributors under the Superannuation Act 1922-1965 are required to pay contributions at the normal rates while on leave of absence for military service.

2.   Such correspondence as has passed between the Commonwealth and State Governments in relation to National Servicemen has not touched on the subject of salaries and superannuation contributions of employees of State Governments and State statutory authorities.

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