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Thursday, 26 November 1914

Senator PEARCE - Yes. The onlyalteration which has been made has been that, whereas previously a man had to allot two-fifths of his pay, it is now required that, if he has a family, he must allot an additional amount sufficient for the upkeep of the family.

Senator MILLEN - Will the Ministerbe good enough to look into the papers, and see whether the latter decision was not one given by myself consequent upon- it coming to- my knowledge that the twofifths proportion had not been regarded as sufficient.

Senator PEARCE - All that I can say is that, in some cases, sufficient had not been allotted by the soldier for his dependents; that two-fifths of the pay had been allotted, but not sufficient for the family. I did not have an opportunity of looking at the papers, but I gave an instruction that commanding officers were to satisfy themselves that where a man had a family, a sufficient sum for the upkeep of the family should be allotted^ in addition to two-fifths of his pay. Whether that had already been done by my predecessor I was not aware. Certain complaints reached me, and I put a minute to that effect upon them. Probably my honorable friend put a similar minute on certain complaints; but in some cases apparently his instruction had not been given effect to.

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