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Tuesday, 27 September 1949

Mr DRAKEFORD (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) (Minister for Air) - I believe that the assistance of Royal Australian Air Force officers is being given at Nowra in the initial training, at all events, of pilots of the Royal Australian Navy. Some of those officers are, I understand, stationed at Nowra. No members of the Royal Australian Air Force or the Royal Australian Navy are stationed at JervisBay at present. The honorable member has said that a warrant officer -of the Royal Navy has a higher income,, in pay and family allowances, than an officer of the Royal Australian Air Force. I do not know whether that is a fact or not, and I do not think that the honorable member could expect me to know offhand. The explanation might well be that the Royal Navy warrant officer has a larger family and therefore, with away-from-home allowances and exchange advantages, receives a larger amount of money. I know of no complaint or cause for any complaint amongst officers of the Royal Australian Air Force or the Royal Australian Navy, but I shall have inquiries made in order to ascertain the relative rates of pay. If warrant officers of the Royal Navy are receiving more than Royal Australian Air Force officers on the same duties, I shall ascertain the reason for the difference. If there is any difference, it must be on account of some special circumstance such as I have indicated, and no doubt it can be fully justified.

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