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Thursday, 3 April 1941

Senator McLEAY (South Australia) (Postmaster-General) .- I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

This is an amendment of section 8 of the Air Force Act 1923-39 relating to the non-applioation of the Superannuation Act to members of the Air Force appointed or enlisted after the 3rd September, 1939, solely for service in time of war. Section 8 was inserted in the Air Force Act 1923-38 by the Air Force Act 1939, and this amendment of that section is designed to make it clear that officers and airmen appointed or enlisted in the Air Force for the duration of the war and any period thereafter shall also be excluded from the operation of the Superannuation Act. That effect was intended when section 8 was originally introduced into the act in 1939, but it was subsequently found that it did not completely cover all classes of personnel enlisted for service during the war. The short amendment proposed in this bill will correct the position. Honorable senators will appreciate that the

Superannuation Act is an act designed primarily to provide superannuation pensions to servants of the Crown on their retirement, and that the Superannuation Fund was not intended to be applied in granting pensions to members of the Air Force who were enlisted solely for war service. Pensions payable in respect of cases of death or invalidity of members of the Air Force who are appointed or enlisted solely for war service will be governed by the provisions of the Australian Soldiers' Repatriation Act 1920-40.

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