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Wednesday, 23 June 1915

Mr BAMFORD (HERBERT, QUEENSLAND) asked the Assistant Minister representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

Will the Minister say what useful purpose is secured by retaining the services of a censor at Thursday Island?

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

The censor at Thursday Island serves the same purpose as censors at other places in Australia; but there are also special reasons for maintaining a censor there. The Minister has acted on advice from officers both in Queensland and at head-quarters in deciding that, for the present, the censor shall be retained there.

Mr. GREENE(for Mr. Manifold) asked the Assistant Minister representing the Minister of Defence, upon notice -

1.   What pay is a private entitled to on joining a camp of training?

2.   What pay is a private entitled to on leaving Australia?

3.   How much of this pay can a private draw (a) in Australia, (b) on active service?

4.   Is any separation allowance granted while the men are in Australia?

5.   What is the maximum pay, including separation allowance, to a private on active service?

6.   How much of this pay can be drawn (a) by the private, (b) by the wife and family?

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

1.   Five shillings per diem.

2.   Six shillings per diem, of which1s. per diem is deferred until termination of service.

3.   A private is required to sign and leave an allotment order authorizing payment to dependants of at least 2s. per diem if there be wife only, and 3s. per diem if there be wife and children. In the case of an illegitimate child,1s. per diem to be allotted. The balance may be drawn abroad by the soldier. These requirements apply to both the periods (a) while "in Australia," and (b) "on active service" abroad.

4.   Yes, the same as " after embarkation " - 1s. 5d. per diem for wife, or mother of whom the soldier is sole support, and 4½d. for each child under sixteen; provided that in no case is separation allowance paid beyond an amount which, together with pay, would exceed 8s. per diem.

5.   Eight shillings per diem.

6.   See reply to 3.

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