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Tuesday, 8 March 1932

Mr FRANCIS (MORETON, QUEENSLAND) (Minister in charge of War Service Homes) - On the 3rd March, the honorable member for Balaclava (Mr. White) asked the following questions, upon notice: -

1.   What is the amount paid per head by the Commonwealth annually for the entertainment of veterans on Empire Day ?

2.   How many veterans were entertained in each Statu on the last Empire Day?

3.   Will the Government consider altering the date of eligibility for this grant from " prior to1886 " to " prior to 1899 ", so as to include veterans of the Matabele, Chitral and Soudan campaigns?

I am now in a position to inform the honorable member as follow : -

1.   Thea mount varies from 5s. to6s. per head. There are other expenses involved in the entertainment of veterans, such as payment for orchestras, provision of ales and tobaccoes, return rail fare for country veterans, and presents for veterans unable to attend the luncheons; also cost of luncheons of official guests and attendants.



3.   The question of altering the date of eligibility for attendance at the annual luncheons has received careful consideration, but it is regretted that an alteration cannot be approved.

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