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Friday, 5 June 1970


Mr SPEAKER - There being no objection, leave is granted.


Mr CHIPP - I move:

Omit clause 2, insert the following clause: - "2. - ().) Sub-section (I.) of section 1.' section 2 and section 4 of this Act shall come into ope ration on the dale on which this Act receives the Royal Assent. " (2.) The remaining provisions of this Act shall come into operation on a date to be fixed by Proclamation.".

That the following new clause be added to the Bill:

*' 4. There is payable to an officer of the Defence Force in respect of service by the officer as -

(a)   Chairman, Chiefs of Stuff Committee:

(b)   Chief of Naval Staff in the Naval Forces of the Commonwealth;

(c)   Chief of the General Staff in the Military Forces of the Commonwealth; or f Chief of the Air Staff in the Air Force of the Commonwealth, at any time during the period from find' including the sixteenth clay of April, One thousand nine hundred and seventy, te and including the day immediately before the date fixed under subsection (2.) of section 2 of this Act an annual allowance at the rate of One thousand dollars in addition to the pay and any other allowances paid or payable to him in respect of service during that period.".

These amendments have become necessary because the Senate, on 16th April 1970, disallowed the regulations providing for the payment of an annual allowance to the Chairman, Chiefs of Staff Committee, and to the Chiefs of Staff. The amendment in relation to clause 2 substitutes a new clause 2 providing that sub-clause (1.) of clause 1, clause 2 and the proposed new clause 4 will come into operation on the date that the Act receives the royal assent. This will mean that the payment of the allowance authorised by proposed new clause 4 can commence on the date the Act receives royal assent. New clause 4 provides for the payment to the Chairman of the Chiefs of Stiff Committee, the Chief of the Naval Staff, the Chief of the General Staff and the Chief of the Air Staff of an annual allowance at the rate of $1,000 for the period commencing on the date of the disallowance of the regulations and ending on the day before the day on which the amendments to the Defence Act proposed by this Bill will come into operation.

The Bill was introduced on 8th April 1970 before the regulations were disallowed by the Senate, as the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr Barnard) would be aware. Under the Bill as then drafted it was proposed that the rates of pay and annual allowance for these officers would be specified in the next Appropriation Act, and provision was made for the Bill to come into operation on a date to be proclaimed so that amendments to regulations could be made and the commencement date of the Act delayed until after the passage of the

Appropriation Act. In the meantime these officers would have been paid their annual allowances under the provisions of the regulations. With the disallowance of the regulations the present position is that these officers are receiving pay in accordance with the regulations that were in force before the disallowed regulations were made but the payment of the annual allowance has been stopped from the date of the disallowance of the regulations.

The purpose of new clause 4 is to authorise the payment of the annual allowance at the rate of $1,000 per annum from the date of disallowance of the regulations until the day before the date proclaimed for the commencement of the amendments to the Defence Act. Thereafter payment will be authorised by virtue of the provision which this Bil] will insert in the Defence Act and the operation of the Appropriation Act. I am sure that if my colleague, the Minister for Defence, were here he would do 2 things. He would apologise to honourable members opposite, particularly the Deputy Leader of the Opposition for the circumstances which led to their not receiving the amendments before they did, and also, he would thank the Deputy Leader of the Opposition for his co-operation.

Amendment and proposed new clause agreed to.

Bill reported with amendments; report - by leave-adopted.







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