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Wednesday, 16 June 1915


Mr JENSEN - In reply to a question put to me on the 10th inst. by the honorable member for Darwin, who inquired whether I had read in the Age of that date a complaint that the Defence Department was sweating the nurses who were going to the front, and asked if there was any ground for the allegation, I have to supply the following information : -

Rates of pay for service outside Australia -

Matrons, 9s. per day; 3s. 6d. per day field allowance.

Sisters, 6s. per day; 3s. 6d. per day field allowance.

Staff Nurses, 3s. 4d. per day; 3s. 6d. per day field allowance.

Outfit allowance, £15.

Other articles, such as beds and bedding, &c., are also provided. A further allowance for renewal of clothing is under consideration.

Rates of pay for service in Australia -

Matrons, 9s. per day; 3s. 6d. in lieu of rations.

Sisters, 6s. per day; 3s. 6d. in lieu of rations.

Laundry, 5s. per week.

Outfit allowance, £15.

Temporary nurses, as required, £2 2s. per week, plus 3s. 6d. per day. in lieu of rations, and 5s. in lieu of laundry.

A proposal to provide uniform, in lieu of an allowance, is now under consideration.

The Department is not aware of any nurses being sweated.







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