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Tuesday, 25 November 1941

Mr HUGHES (North Sydney) (Leader of the United Australia party) . - I support the bill, and commend the Minister for Repatriation (Mr. Frost) upon its introduction. It proposes to raise the maximum rates of service pensions, to extend the pensions to veterans of the South African war, to make medical treatment available to those suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis, and to give statutory sanction to other liberalizing measures adopted by previous administrations. Whilst we should aim at perfection, we can never hope to attain it, but this bill will be welcomed by thousands of returned soldiers. The South African veterans have too long been ostracized and neglected. I congratulate the Minister upon having made provision for their inclusion within the scope of the act, and I hope that the bill will receive the unanimous support of the House.

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