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Friday, 17 July 1931

Dear Sir, - Seeing an announcement in the Newcastle Morning Herald regarding war pensions, I thought it best to write to you and ask would I ho exempt from same.

I am a mother of two deceased sons, and, although my husband is living, he is unable to do any kind of work, and has not worked during the pa6t two years.

I receive 7s. a week for one son, and 15a. a week for the other, making a total of £2 4s. per fortnight.

Yours sincerely,

I.   Greenfield.

Mr. Booth,in a covering letter to me, stated that he believed that Mrs. Greenfield's husband was in receipt of an invalid pension. Cases such as these were not considered by the soldiers' committee which dealt with the Government's proposals to reduce war pensions, and the committee had no right to accept any compromise without consulting the rank and file of the various organizations. I hope that the Minister will give consideration to this and other similar cases which may be brought under his notice.

A matter to which I direct the attention of the Minister for Health (Mr. McNeill) is the need for providing medical attendance for the unemployed. There are approximately 5,000 workless people in the vicinity of Kurri Kurri, Cessnock and the surrounding district. They are being attended by the local doctors,who are now unable to procure the necessary medicines, &c. As might be expected, sickness is more prevalent among the unemployed than among the more fortunate people who are in employment. The Federal Government should do something to aid the doctors in the humane work of attending the sick. They are willing to give their services free; but the Government should compensate them for the expense to which they are put.

Mr Crouch - Why not look to the State Government?

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