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Thursday, 18 July 1946


Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) - About a fortnight ago I asked the Minister for External Territories a question relating to ths treatment which was to be accorded, or is being accorded, to widows and dependants, of civilians who lost their lives during the war in New Guinea, notably those who were lost on the Montevideo Maru. The Minister in a letter to their dependants stated that those victims had given their lives for Australia just as surely as any soldier who fell in action.. I asked whether .these dependants were to be treated in the same way as those who would be entitled to .benefits under the ' Australian Soldiers' Repatriation Act. The Minister promised to give me a reply. I* have not yet received that reply. -I am anxious to receive it, because information which has been supplied to me leads iwto -believe that these people have been treated rather shabbily by the Government.







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