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Thursday, 27 March 1969

Senator McKELLAR - The Minister for the Army has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question -

1.   Cash payments to soldiers are made to the nearest dollar at credit each fortnight and, when applicable, residue amounts of less than one dollar accumulate for a fortnight as a credit in the soldier's paybook. This practice has operated for more than 20 years and facilitates payments by eliminating small coinage and thus reducing unit administrative effort which can be quite significant in large units.

2.   Normal recreational facilities in barracks are provided either by the Commonwealth or from amenities funds; for example, regimental funds, area or command amenities fund or Army central amenities funds. Members do not contribute directly to these funds. In most units or areas, various clubs and societies are organised to promote recreational or cultural pursuits and these organisations may be subsidised by amenities funds although they usually rely on subscriptions. Current instructions preclude the making of any such deduction from a soldier's pay.

No instance of such a compulsory deduction has come to the Minister's attention but if the honourable senator has a specific case in. mind, the Minister for the Army would be pleased to investigate it if the case is brought to his notice.

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