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Wednesday, 7 August 1946


Mr DRAKEFORD (MARIBYRNONG, VICTORIA) (Minister for Air) - I can hardly be expected to have absorbed all t.he details of the letter from a heart-broken mother which the honorable member has read to the House. I promise to have inquiries made. I find it very difficult to understand why anybody should feel so aggrieved as to weep about persons who volunteered to serve in the British Commonwealth Occupation Force in Japan.


Mr Francis - Because of their having been neglected.


Mr DRAKEFORD - All that I can say is that complaints have not previously come to -me. Had the honorable member, instead of ventilating the matter in this House, brought this complaint to m' notice, I would have been most willing to have it" investigated. Even in Australia persons commit suicide without waiting for <£ the hills to close in on them ". I am not at all unsympathetic 'in regard 'to the conditions of the men who are serving in Japan. The Government has endeavoured to provide the best, possible conditions for them. So far as I know, this is the first complaint that has been made about unfair treatment of members of the Royal Australian Air Force. I regret that the honorable member has raised the matter in. this House.







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