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Thursday, 5 August 1920

MrBRENNAN. - Under certain circumstances, the war gratuity, or part of it, is payable to the dependants of applicants; but there are cases in which the dependant has a very strong claim, and the soldier a very weak one, and probably in such cases no application will be made for the gratuity, for reasons personal to the soldier. I ask the Treasurer, therefore, whether he will consider the propriety of enabling the proper authorities to make payments to dependants who establish a good claim, whether theperson entitled in the first instance applies for the gratuity or not ?

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