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Tuesday, 6 December 1938

Mr GREGORY (Swan) . - I urge the Treasurer (Mr. Casey) to do what he can to ensure that the act is administered more sympathetically, particularly in regard to determining what injuries are attributable to war service. I have here the history of an extraordinarily hard case. This man was awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal by His Majesty the King for conspicuous gallantry to devotion and duty. The record relating to his case states -

By encouraging his men he established them rapidly in a strong defensive position, afterwards taking water up to the outputs, and bringing back a. wounded man from "No Man's Land " under heavy fire.

I have here a long letter from his wife pointing out that the man died at the Edward Millen home, the death certificate disclosing thecause of death as pulmonary tuberculosis. Although every effort was made by the returned soldiers' organization in Western Australia to obtain a pension for him during his lifetime, the board turned him down. A certificate given by a doctor who attended the man is as follows: -

This is too certify that . . . was under my professional care on and off for the past seven and a half years, for pulmonary tuberculosis. It is my considered opinion that this condition was due to his war service, although no definite proof can bc-, brought forward

This man endured terrible experiences for four and a half years. He was gassed and wounded, and to say that his condition was not due to war services is to go beyond anything intended by this Parliament. His widow is now applying for a full pension, and I hope that the Treasurer will take the matter up with the commissioner and see that justice is clone.

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