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Thursday, 15 November 1973
Page: 1826

Senator LITTLE (VICTORIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Defence. Is the Minister aware of an unfair hardship that has arisen in the payment of the $1,000 bounty to re-engaging servicemen? Have over 5,000 men qualified for this bounty? Have a small number- slightly in excess of 100 men- been disqualified and of those disqualified are a much smaller number excluded from receiving the bounty because their enforced retirement at 55 years of age leaves them short by less than one month of the 3 years re-engagement service necessary to qualify? Can the . Minister give some consideration to such cases, as some men excluded have a total service of from 20 to 30 years as against some of those eligible having less than 10 years total service? Is it possible for eligibility to be denied after 30 years service because enforced retirement at 55 years leaves a serviceman one to five days short?

Senator MURPHY -I thank the honourable senator for drawing this anomaly to attention. I will pass this on to the Minister for Defence.

Senator Little - Will I put the whole question on the notice paper?

Senator MURPHY - No. It is not necessary to put it on the notice paper. I will pass it on to the Minister for Defence and see whether the matter can be attended to.

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