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Tuesday, 28 April 1987
Page: 2068

Mr BEAZLEY (Minister for Defence) —Pursuant to section 34 of the Services Trust Funds Act 1947, I present the final annual report of the Services Canteens Trust Fund for 1986, together with the Auditor-General's report, audited financial statements and balance sheets on this fund. The final report marks the conclusion of 40 years of extraordinary dedication and compassion by the trustees, the regional committees and the staff in administering over $23m for the benefit of their wartime comrades and their dependants. The fund's task is now over and was finished as quietly as its four decades of service. It has truly earned the gratitude of the Parliament and the nation. I shall be writing to all the trustees to express my thanks for not only the success of their endeavours but also the example they leave behind.