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Wednesday, 23 June 1915

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

1.   In connexion with unpaid overtime in the Ordnance Stores, Sydney, is it a fact that his previous answer in this connexion was inaccu rate? 2.. Is he yet ina position to say that the overtime earned to last pay-dayhas been paid?

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

1.   The Minister is now so aware; but the reply to the honorable member's previous question was prepared from information previously received at head-quarters that overtime claims by ordnance employees had been paid. Apparently, however, such related only to claims which had reached the paymaster, and of which he had any knowledge.

2.   No; but instructions have been issued to have any outstanding claims of this description settled with the least possible delay.

It must, however, be realized that in a time of extreme pressure - such as has been and is being experienced - some delays are unavoidable.

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