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Wednesday, 6 May 1942

Mr CHIFLEY (Macquarie) (Treasurer) . - The matter raised by the honorable member for Henty (Mr; Coles) was brought under my notice a couple of weeks ago, and I referred it to the Minister for the Interior (Senator Collings). It is true, as the honorable member has said, that as the regulations stood, the payment of return fares fell upon the individual when he had been released on sick leave. The honorable member now stresses that, in view of the unusual circumstances in which this man fell ill - the illness:being due to his war work - the Public Service regulations covering the payment of fares should be waived. I discussed the. matter this morning with the. Minister for the Interior, and asked for a complete review of it in regard to not only White, but also other men who had fallen ill as the result of the war conditions under which they were working. I assure the honorable member that I shall follow the matter up with the Minister for the Interior and shall see whether it be possible to comply with his request.

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