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REPATRIATION ACTS AMENDMENT BILL 1981

Order of the Day read for the adjourned debate on the Question--That this Bill be now read a second time.

Senator Grimes moved an amendment, viz: At end of motion, add "", but the Senate is of the opinion that the Bill should be re-drafted to--

(a) remove the discrimination in the provision of supplementary assistance against those in Government housing;

(b) provide repatriation benefits for those who served in peacekeeping forces before 1 November 1981; and

(c) provide eligibility for service pensions for all Allied ex-merchant mariners as is provided for Allied ex-servicemen''.

Debate ensued.

Question--That the words proposed to be added be added--put and negatived.

Question--That this Bill be now read a second time--put and passed.

Bill read a second time.

The Senate, according to Order, resolved itself into Committee for the consideration of the Bill.

In the Committee

Bill, by leave, taken as a whole and agreed to.

Bill to be reported without amendment.

The President resumed the Chair; and the Chairman of Committees (Senator McClelland) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Minister for Social Security (Senator Chaney) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.