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Wednesday, 10 May 1939

Mr White e asked the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice -

1.   What is the number of tubercular exAustralian Imperial Force soldiers receiving

(a)   service, (b) "fit for work", (c) "light occupation", and (d) "totally unfit", rates of pension? 2, How many of the above are inmates of Repatriation Hospitals'!

3.   How many tubercular, ex- Australian imperial Force soldiers who served in a " theatre of war " are not in receipt of a war pension?

Mr Harrison - The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows : - 1. (a) Eligible for service pension, 837; (b) accepted as due to war service, 2391. Of the latter class, pensions are paid as follows: - (1) Minimum rate of 100 per cent., 896; (2) light work,365; (3) temporarily or permanently totally incapacitated, 1130; total. 2391.

Note. - War pension statistics are available only as at the 30th June in each year. Service pension figures arc as at the 31st March, 1939.

2.   Three hundred and seventy nine.

3.   As service pensions are payable to exsoldiers suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis whether they served in a theatre of war or not, no record is available of the number of such pensioners who did serve in a theatre of war. The information could only be obtained by a search of individual files in each State office, entailing considerable time and cost.

Youth Employment.

Mr Menzies s. - On Thursday, the 4th

May, the honorable member for Boothby (Mr. Price) asked the Treasurer the following questions, upon notice : -

1.   What amount of money was allocated under the States Grants (Youth Employment) Act 1937 for the purpose of providing facilities for training and placing in employment persons between the ages of eighteen and twenty-five years?

2.   What amount of money was expended in each State for the year 1937-38?

3.   Did any of the State governments add any money to the Commonwealth grant? If so. what amount?

4.   What have been the actual training results ?

5.   Will the Government favorably consider placing a sum of money on the Estimates for the year 1939-40, for the purpose of providing facilities for training?

The answers to the honorable member's questions are as follows: -

1.   The sum of money provided by the States Grants (Youth Employment) Act 1937 was £200,000, allocated as follows: -


2.   The actual expenditure to 30th June, 1938, is not readily available. The expenditure to 31st December, 1938, was: -


3.   Yes. The additional amounts provided by the State governments arc as follows: -


It is understood that New South Wales will add to the amount given above for that State.

4.   It is difficult to assess the value, as the circumstances differ with each State. At the 31st December, 1938, the States advised that the following numbers were in training or had made application. It is possible, of course, that these figures are not compiled on exactly similar bases.


5.   It is intended, in accordance with the budget proposals of 1938-39, to introduce in the near future a bill for the purpose of appropriating a further sum of £200,000 allocated in similar proportion to that set out in the answer to question No.1. This will complete the provision of £400,000 originally contemplated as the total Commonwealth grant, but in the light of existing circumstances, it must not be contemplated as likely, having in view the great increase in Commonwealth commitments since the inception of the scheme, that further Commonwealth grants for this purpose will be possible.

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