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Friday, 21 September 1928

Mr FENTON (Maribyrnong) (6:34 AM) . - Apparently there are some anomalies in this superannuation scheme. I have received communications from one officer who wastransferred from the Defence Department to a civil position in the Public Service, and thereby was excluded from certain benefits under the Superannuation Act. I have not the full particulars before me, but it appears from the facts as I remember them, that he is suffering some injustice. Considerable dissatisfaction is felt also because of the refusal to allow officers to increase their elected number of units. Some of them, when they first came under the fund, elected through a misapprehension to contribute for only a small number of units. A limit was fixed to the time within which they could increase their election, and those who failed to apply within that time, but did so subsequently, were told that their applications were too late. I do not desire to jeopardize the actuarial stability of the fund, but an injustice seems to have been done to these officers and, if necessary, the act should be amended to enable the wrong to be righted.

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