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Thursday, 17 August 1972
Page: 155

Senator MAUNSELL (QUEENSLAND) - Will the Acting Leader of the Government in the Senate inform the Senate what progress has been made by the Government in consideration of the report of the Joint Select Committee on the Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Legislation?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - The progress that has been made is, I believe, quite good. Each of the Services has had the opportunity of studying the report in depth. Each Service Minister has written to the Minister for Defence giving his views and the views of his Department on this matter. Since writing, the Service Ministers have met the Minister for Defence together with the departmental heads in the defence group for further discussions. At the present time, recommendations on these matters are the subject of consideration by the Government. I would hope that an early decision could be made so that servicemen will know the extent of their future retirement pay scheme. It must be understood, I think, by all honourable senators that the whole question is a most complex one which needs the closest scrutiny, even if that scrutiny is only to ensure that servicemen get the best possible safeguards in their retirement scheme.

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