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Thursday, 8 December 1938

Mr White (BALACLAVA, VICTORIA) e asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice -

Since the drive for 70,000 members began, what have been the enlistments in the Citizen Forces, showing each State separately?

Mr Street - Figures from the date on which the recruiting campaign actually commenced are not available, but from the 30th September, 1938, to the 2nd December, 1938, the enlistments were as follows : -

Australian Soldiers' Repatriation Act: Effect on Applications fob Alimony.

Mr Blackburn n asked the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice -

1.   Has he noticed the divergence of judicial opinion, as shown in the cases of Buckley v. Buckley, 1932, Queensland State Reports 239, and Barry v. Barry, 1938, Victorian Law Reports 328, on the effect of section 43 of the Australian Soldiers' Repatriation Act on applications for alimony?

2.   Will he consider the expediency of amending the act so as to adopt the principle of the Queensland decision that a court has no power in making an order for alimony to reduce the income of the ex-soldier husband below the amount of his pension?

Mr Archie Cameron - I have not seen either of the reports mentioned, but I shall refer them to the Repatriation Commission with a view to obtaining the Solicitor-General's opinion on the matter.

Civil Aviation : PerthWilunaKALGOORLIE Service.

Mr Green n asked the Minister for Civil Aviation, upon notice -

Has any decision yet been arrived at with respect to the deviation of the present PerthWilunaKalgoorlie Air Mail Service to include the growing mining centre of Youanmi

Mr Thorby -. - No decision has yet been arrived at in regard to the proposal to deviate the present PerthWilunaKalgoorlie Air Service to include Youanmi. The operation of the PerthWilunaKalgoorlie Air Service as regards frequency, stopping-places, &c, is at present receiving consideration of the interdepartmental committee which is now reviewing the Commonwealth air transport system. The question of the inclusion of Youanmi as a stopping-place on this service will also be considered by the committee.

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