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Wednesday, 24 October 1984
Page: 2332


Senator SCOTT (Leader of the National Party of Australia) —by leave-Mr President, I wish to make a personal explanation. As a result of an answer from the Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Gietzelt), my attention has been drawn to a statement in the Daily Telegraph in which it is said:

He-

that is me-

claimed the Labor Government was causing disruption and concern by not introducing legislation to restructure the repatriation determining system with a view to ending backlogs and delays--

I want merely to confirm what I believe the Minister implied-that that legislation was supported by the Opposition. Its purpose is to increase the capacity of the Department to solve the problems of the determining system. The matter we were to monitor carefully and the concern we expressed in our policy were referable to the forthcoming entitlements Bill, a totally different piece of legislation which involves the restructuring of the whole of the Repatriation Act 1920.