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Wednesday, 19 June 1946

Mr MAKIN (Hindmarsh) (Minister for the Navy, Minister for Munitions and Minister for Aircraft Production) . - I shall have inquiries made into the- matter raised by the honorable member for Barker (Mr. Archie Cameron). I. shall go fully into the eases' mentioned, by the honorable member for Balaclava (Mr-. White). There is; of course'^ another" side' to these cases which, the honorable member has not mentioned,- and possibly it would not show the- claims of these men so favorably as the honorable" member has represented them-.- I deny the honorable member's statement that very few iii the Navy know of the penalty in respect of deferred pay. The regulations are known throughout the Navy for any misdemeanour. The rule governing such cases is not a recent one. It operated when the honorable ' member was a Minister. Seeing that he was a Minister for many years it is remarkable that he did not have any knowledge of this rule.

Mr White - When did the Minister become acquainted with it.

Mr MAKIN - I knew of it as soon as I became a Minister; but, evidently, the honorable member when he was a Minister failed to acquaint himself with matters of this kind. The honorable member does no credit to himself by indicating that when he was a Minister he knew , so little about these matters. I shall not deal with the cases in detail to-night. However, I have always been of the opinion that deferred pay is not a proper description to be applied to these payments ; in the Navy this is good conduct pay rather than deferred pay as the term is generally understood in the other services. Whilst I am prepared to confer with the Naval Board regarding the cases raised by the honorable member, I have in justice to the House indicated the facts with respect to this class of payment.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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