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Wednesday, 17 December 1941

Mr ROSEVEAR - I have received from the Tubercular Sailors and Soldiers Organization a letter which recites a number of instances of soldiers who, having returned from abroad suffering from tuberculosis, have been refused pensions on the ground that their complaint was not due to, nor materially aggravated by, war service. As these men were passed by military medical officers as fit for service abroad and some of them were abroad with the Army for twelve months before they were discharged, will the Minister for Repatriation modify the decision of the Repatriation Department which places on the men the onus of proof, and thereby accept on behalf of the Government some of the responsibility for their condition ?

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