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Wednesday, 19 May 1920

Mr HECTOR LAMOND (ILLAWARRA, NEW SOUTH WALES) . - I wish to move an amendment, or at least to obtain the assurance that effect will be given to my desire that the same rate of war gratuity shall be paid to men who became permanently incapacitated in camp as is paid to the dependants of those who died in camp. The Bill, I understand, covers only the dependants of a soldier who died wliilst in camp in Australia, and I claim that the man who has become totally incapacitated as a result of his service has . as strong a claim to the higher gratuity as have the dependants of men who died. A man who, after going into camp, became tubercular to such an extent that he is now unable to earn his living, has as strong, if not a stronger claim to the gratuity as the dependants of men who died. These cases of incapacitation are the most pathetic in connexion with the war.

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