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Friday, 30 April 1915

Mr GROOM (Darling Downs) . - I understand that Imperial reservists domiciled in Australia are being paid by the Department the difference between the Imperial rates of pay and the Australian rates of pay, but, unfortunately, this practice is not being adopted with regard to Imperial reserve officers. This seems to me exceedingly unjust. The reason that the men receive the same rates of pay as the men of the Australian Forces is that they have become citizens of Australia, and have entered into our national life, so far as their Imperial obligations will permit, and that consequently they ought to be treated as Australians are treated. The same reasoning will apply to Imperial reserve officers. I know of a case of a second lieutenant who has taken up land in Australia, and has ;ncurred obligations in connexion with it, but who, now that he has been called away to the front, is being paid only the Imperial rate of pay, although the rank and file of the Imperial reservists receive the Australian rate of pay.

Mr Jensen - I shall bring the matter under the notice of the Minister.

Mr GROOM - There cannot be many of these cases, but if there were only one, the injustice should be removed.

Mr West - What condition is imposed in connexion with Imperial reservists - that they must have resided twelve months in Australia?

Mr GROOM - I should think all that should be required would be that they are domiciled or settled in Australia.

Mr West - What is meant by domiciled?

Mr GROOM - A man who showed an intention to make his home permanently in Australia would be regarded as domiciled here.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time.

In Committee:

Clauses 1 to 3 agreed to.

Clause 4 (Amendment of section 55).

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