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Thursday, 10 June 1915


Mr JENSEN - The answers to the honorable member's questions are: -

1.   No; but married allowance is paid to all married sea-going chief petty officers, petty officers, and other ratings, whose wives and families reside in Australia, the amount being -

 

Widowers with children also receive the allowance under certain conditions.

2.   The matter is now under consideration.


Mr BURNS asked the Assistant Minister representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   The number of men who have volunteered to serve with the Expeditionary Forces and have been rejected as physically unfit?

2.   The number who have been rejected owing to defective teeth?


Mr JENSEN - The answers to the honorable member's questions are: - 1 and 2. It is not possible to obtain accurate figures of the number of mcn rejected throughout Australia as physically unfit, as it is understood that full records of men examined in country districts have not been kept.


Mr BURNS asked the Assistant Minister representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

Whether it is a fact that the families of men who are proceeding on active service are being turned out of their homes bv the military authorities to make room for men who are staying behind; if such is the case, will the Minister take steps to protect the families of these men from this injustice?


Mr JENSEN - The answer to the honorable member's question is as follows : -

Under the provisions of Standing Orders for the Commonwealth Military Forces, the family of a permanent soldier proceeding on active service may be called upon to vacate quarters in the barracks, if such are required for the accommodation of the family of the man who is to take the place of the absent soldier. The reason for this is that active service pay is higher than home service rates, and, in addition, separation allowance is paid to the family of the absent soldier if his pay is less than 8s. per diem.







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