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Friday, 26 July 1946


Mr HAYLEN (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - It was recently reported in the press that an exservicemanwhose wife is seriously ill in - England had had to pay £300 of his deferred pay to obtain an air passage in order to be with her. An ex-serviceman ought not to have to exhaust his deferred pay in that way. I understand that the Australian Soldiers' .Repatriation Act provides that in like circumstances the cost of a sea passage is met by the Repatriation Commission, but a sea voyage is too slow a means of travel when the life of one's wife is at stake. Accordingly, I ask the Minister for Repatriation to examine this matter with a view to introducing amending legislation to provide for the payment by the commission pf the cost of air transport of ex-servicemen hastening to the bedside of wives and other near relatives stricken with serious illness.







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