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Tuesday, 23 September 1958

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask the Minister for Defence a question without notice concerning the committee which he appointed a vear ago under the chairmanship of Sir John Allison to make the first review for ten years into the pay, allowances, retirement provisions and conditions of service generally of members of the armed forces. The Minister will remember that in June the committee made, and the Government has now accepted, recommendations on the pay and conditions of non-commissioned members. I now ask the Minister whether the committee has made any further recommendations concerning the conditions of officers and, if it has, when and whether the Government will adopt them. If the committee has not made these recommendations, when is it expected to make them? My question is particularly concerned with the retirement provisions for Army officers, who are usually compelled to retire in their middle forties after they have held positions of authority and responsibility for one or two decades or longer and when they have large commitments for the education, establishment and accommodation of their families.

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