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Thursday, 15 October 1914

Senator NEWLANDS (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - Will the Minister of Defence give the Senate an idea of what the provisions of the pension scheme referred to in the GovernorGeneral's Speech are likely to be! If I may be permitted' to explain my reasons for asking the question, they are that many of the men who are going to the front are seeking to effect extra insurance on their lives, and the insurance companies are charging them a special war bonus of £5. I desire to know whether the Minister will indicate to the men the provisions of the scheme, so that unless it is absolutely necessary they will only be put to the expense of the extra premium of £5 demanded by the insurance companies.

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