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Thursday, 3 December 1914

Senator PEARCE - The answers are -

1.   The rates of camp or field allowance are: - Colonels and lieut.-colonels, 7s. 6d. per diem: majors, 5s. per diem; other officers 3s. 6d. per diem; warrant officers,1s. per diem. There is no special allowance for adjutants, who receive the field allowance of actual rank.

2.   Yes.

3.   The discrimination is made because of the greater expenditure devolving upon officers as compared with warrant officers.

4.   Warrant officers are not expected to perform such services as are required of a batman, viz., grooming of horses and the cleaning of accoutrements; and. in consequence, a warrant officer is paid a field allowance of1s. per day for such personal service. An allowance of 13. per head per diem is paid in the case of both warrant officers and non-commissioned officers of the Instructional Staff, to the President of the Sergeants' Mess, for the purchase and provision of such extras as may be desired by the Moss Committee over and above Government ration.

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