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Thursday, 8 March 1928


Mr J FRANCIS (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) - Is not this a new departure ?


Sir NEVILLE HOWSE - It is te some extent; but the Government is anxious to clear up the matter. It will add to the examining board a leading specialist to carry out these examinations.


Mr Watson - Will the persons who are re-examined be obliged to prove that their condition is due to or aggravated by war service before they will be able to obtain a pension?


Sir Elliot Johnson - That will be decided by medical testimony.


Sir NEVILLE HOWSE -It is purely a matter for medical opinion.


Mr Gullett - Even under this arrangement would there not still be a discrimination between two classes of arrested cases - those who were declared to be tubercular before 1925 and those who have since shown infection?


Sir NEVILLE HOWSE - A number of men might be penalized, but even men who have completely recovered from their infection, and are able to do light work, would still show signs of their tubercular condition. There would be a general dullness and a falling away about the clavicle. The trouble is that many men who were treated for tuberculosis prior to 1925, and discharged as being free from infection, still seem to consider that they have the right to a pension. The Government hopes that the arrangement which it is now prepared to make will clear up all cases in which any doubt exists.







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