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Tuesday, 15 March 1932

Mr McGRATH (Ballarat) .- The case cited by the honorable member for Gippsland (Mr. Paterson) has no bearing on the amendment moved by the honorable member for Hunter (Mr.

James). The object of the latter is to ensure that before any claim can be made on a returned soldier, he must be proved to be in some reasonable employment. I would, however, point out that the amendment should have been moved at an earlier stage. These proposed new subsections deal with the situation that has arisen after the Commissioner has entered upon and taken possession of any land or dwelling house, so no good purpose can be effected by persisting with the amendment. The soldier, having vacated his home, the Commissioner has determined to effect certain repairs with the object of finding a buyer for it. If there is any equity belonging to the soldier after all expenses have been met, he will be entitled to receive it.

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