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Notice given 17 January 2007

2966  Senator Allison: To ask the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans’ Affairs—

(1) Is it the case that: (a) not all Australian ex-servicewomen who enlisted during World War II are entitled to a gold card but that Australian ex-servicemen are so entitled; if so, when will this anomalous and discriminatory situation be rectified; and (b) Australian ex-servicewomen have been afforded less recognition for their wartime contribution than their male counterparts; if so, when will this imbalance be rectified.

(2) Does the Government agree that Australian servicewomen generally receive less pay per day than their male counterparts, despite being subjected to the same rules and regulations.