RADM John Davidson, AO, RAN, Rtd

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Re: RADM John Davidson, AO, RAN, Rtd

Post by Lawrie G » Mon Oct 04, 2021 2:01 pm

Blue wrote:
Mon Oct 04, 2021 10:54 am
"He attended the Imperial Defence College, London during 1970 and on return to Australia, in 1971, was appointed to Navy Office on special duties as the Naval Consultant to the Kerr Committee of Inquiry into Services Pay (1971-72)."

Mike, was this the inquiry that brought in group pay?
Group pay was announced in October 1968 and became effective in December that year. The Kerr committee was tasked to investigate a number of issues relating to perceived inequities in the pay structure in the early 70s. Mr Justice Kerr (as he then was) enjoyed quite a few beers in the SR mess on the old HMAS Culgoa, when he visited HMAS Waterhen back in 1971 . . . Didn't seem to want to leave and get back to work.

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Re: RADM John Davidson, AO, RAN, Rtd

Post by Joe » Mon Oct 04, 2021 11:20 pm

Yeah and as per usual hard working, pushed to the limit, poor Writers didn't get anywhere near the reward we demanded .. err .. maybe that should read 'we were entitled too'. 😊

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Re: RADM John Davidson, AO, RAN, Rtd

Post by dinger » Tue Oct 05, 2021 9:06 am

I seem to recall group pay being introduced circa "68; but my memory is not all it could be.

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Re: RADM John Davidson, AO, RAN, Rtd

Post by Joe » Tue Oct 05, 2021 11:02 pm

Spot on Dinger .. 10/10 for that memory.

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RADM John Davidson, AO, RAN, Rtd

Post by SLSU1966 » Thu Oct 07, 2021 4:31 pm

VMT George, for input. I was at Harman then (1971) and Group Pay was a contentious issue. In fact, I feel my namesake, the late Paul Fogarty, as Assistant Secretary or more in Personnel NHQ had some role too. I heard there is a shortage of chefs in the SM branch and they are on a high sea-going allowance rate for the individual category and specialisation. I am not sure if the minerals boom in WA led to many doing the FIFO caper. Sorry I did not address your question. I was at FHQ in 1970, when it was introduced amid much drama. I am sure J D was tasked in 1971 O/R IDC to staff it out.

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RADM John Davidson, AO, RAN, Rtd

Post by SLSU1966 » Thu Oct 07, 2021 4:36 pm

Sorry chaps, I should have all read previous posts, so unsure of the implementation process. But will take your word for the date range. Not related, but I remember when the ANO came out and you could grow side burns, side levers.

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