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Tuesday, 22 November 1938

Mr Makin n asked the Treasurer, upon notice -

In accordance with a promise made to the late honorable member for Wakefield (Mr. Hawker), is it the intention of the Government to introduce thissession the necessary legislation to restore to dependants of deceased returned soldiers the same basis of pension as prevailed prior to the application of the Financial Emergency Act?

Mr Casey - No such promise was made to the late honorable member for Wakefield. The Treasurer gave an undertaking that the matter would receive further and sympathetic consideration. After reviewing the incidence of the financial emergency legislation, and taking cognizance of the general financial relief measures and other amendments liberalizing repatriation legislation, and taking into account also existing and potential financial commitments, the Government regretfully came to the conclusion that it cannot, at present, approve an extension of existing benefits to ex-soldiers or their dependants.

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