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Friday, 19 February 1932

Mr MAKIN - That will have to be ascertained by the Minister. Evidently the Emergency Committee applied to the Deputy Commissioner of Repatriation for the services of boyswho were the sons of returned soldiers in connexion with the general election.

Mr R GREEN (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) -The person to whom the honorable member is referring may have been a war orphan.

Mr MAKIN - That would not excuse what was done. Soldiers and their families are cared for by various organizations, including the Returned Sailors and Soldiers Association, the Limbless Soldiers Association, the Tubercular Soldiers Association, the Legacy Club - which -has a special interest in the welfare of Avar orphans - and the Emergency Committee should have ap plied to them if it desired to employ persons who unfortunately were suffering by reason of war service. Through the intervention of a Government Department the Commonwealth has been directly involved in expense in connexion with this political employment. Government departments should keep themselves entirely free of party political associations, and I have brought this matter before the House in the hope of preventing the recurrence of any such incident.

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