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Thursday, 17 March 1932

Dr MALONEY (MELBOURNE, VICTORIA) - I draw the attention of the Minister for Repatriation to the position of the widow of Gunner Perry ; his case caused a good deal of discussion some time ago. Gunner Perry disappeared, and has not since drawn his pension, which gives reason for the supposition that he is dead. Although already married, he went through the form of marriage with an unfortunate girl. The Queensland police have issued a warrant for his arrest, but neither the police nor the Defence Department, despite the fact that it has branches in all the States, can locate him. For a number of years Mrs. Perry has, therefore, been deprived of her pension. I shall furnish the Minister with full particulars of the case and I desire to know whether during the coining recess he will look into the matter with a view to an alteration of the present law. That, I understand, would be necessary to enable this woman to obtain justice.

Mr HAWKER - I cannot, without notice, give any opinion in regard to an individual case, but if the honorable member will furnish me with the details of this case I shall have it looked into. Possibly, thewidow could obtain her pension if she applied to the court, and obtained a declaration that her husband could be presumed to be dead.

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