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Tuesday, 2 September 1902


Mr BATCHELOR (for Mr. Poynton) asked the Acting Minister for Defence,upon notice -

1.   Has his attention been called to the following telegram from Adelaide which appeared in the Aye of the 20th ultimo : -

South Australian Militia Pay.

Adelaide, Monday.

The local military forces expected that under federation their pay would be increased so as to bring it up to that in the other States ; but instead, a General Order just issued announces that " special pay " will be stopped. Hitherto the men received special pay for guards of honour and other special duties, the buglers and band men for practising, and non-coms for giving instructions outside their own company, and officers for various duties. Under the new regulations a captain who subscribes to the Military Club will be about 10s. better off than a private, and a lieutenant will be £1 worse.

2.   Are the following rates of military pay in the two States mentioned substantially correct : -

 

3.   Will he supply the House with information similar to the above with respect to the rate of military pay in New South Wales?

4.   In view of the low rate of military pay in South Australia as compared with Victoria and New South Wales, does he not consider that the regulation recently issued which further reduces the military pay of South Australia is a great injustice ; and, if so, will he take steps to have the regulation cancelled forthwith ?







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