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Wednesday, 7 July 1915


Senator PEARCE - The answers are - 1. Yes. The following instructions were issued by the late General Bridges on 11th August, 1914, in regard to the organization of the 1st Australian Division and 1st Light Horse Brigade: - " Single men to be preferred, but married men and widowers with children may be accepted, provided that they state they are aware that no separation allowance will be issued either before or after embarkation, and that they signify on the form of, attestation their willingness to allot not less than two-fifths of their pay, not including deferred pay, while abroad to their families.

2.   About 12 per cent.

3.   No; but upon enlistment a member is required to sign an attestation form, which, amongst other things, provides that he agrees to allot not less than two-fifths of his pay towards the support of his wife, and not less than three-fifths if there are children. Everything possible is done by the Department to insure that married men are not allowed to evade their responsibilities in this respect.







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