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Wednesday, 20 May 1942

Mr CHIFLEY (Macquarie) (Treasurer) . - Earlier to-day the honorable member for Fawkner (Mr. Holt) referred to the necessity to make provision for the multiple deaths of civilians killed as the result of enemy action. I am prepared to examine that subject. The honorable member for Moreton (Mr. Francis) raised certain questions regarding women who may he killed as the result of enemy action. The position is that any member of a women's auxiliary force which forms part of the defence forces of the

Commonwealth comes under these proposals, and will be treated the same as a soldier. That is the interpretation which has been adopted by the Taxation Department. I shall have to examine the position as to women who are members of organizations which are not part of the defence forces of the Commonwealth.

Mr Francis - Are war nurses covered ?


Mr Francis - What is the position of members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment?

Mr CHIFLEY - It all depends on whether that organization forms part of the defence forces.

Mr Francis - There are 200 members of the Voluntary Aid Detachment overseas.

Mr CHIFLEY - The interpretation which has been accepted is that members of women's auxiliary organizations which form part of the defence forces come under the provisions relating to soldiers; but that does not mean that every woman who engages in war work is covered. I shall look into the several matters which have been raised.

Question put -

That the new sub-section proposed to be inserted be so inserted (Mr. Duncan-Hughes's amendment) .

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