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

(b) eligibility for service pensions for all Allied ex-merchant mariners as is provided for Allied ex-servicemen; and

(c) amendment to the Repatriation Act 1920, and related Acts, to provide equality of repatriation entitlements as between veterans of World War I, World War II, and the conflicts in Malaya and Vietnam, as is presently provided for World War II veterans under section 101 (1) (b) of that Act.''.

Distinguished Visitor: The President drew attention to the presence in the gallery of the Hon. Mr J. R. Johnson, President of the Legislative Council of the Parliament of New South Wales, and, on behalf of honourable Senators, extended a warm welcome to Mr Johnson.

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 Acting Deputy-President (Senator Georges) resumed the Chair; and the Temporary Chairman of Committees (Senator Elstob) reported accordingly.

On the motion of the Minister for Veterans' Affairs (Senator Messner) the Report from the Committee was adopted, and the Bill read a third time.