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Wednesday, 7 August 1946

Mr HAYLEN (PARKES, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Is the Minister for Repatriation in a position to reply to the question which I directed to him on the 26th July last regarding an ex-serviceman named Stevens who used the whole of his deferred pay to provide his fare to England by air so that he could see his dying wife? I learn that her condition has since improved. The amount of the fare was£325. Mr. Stevens's workmates contributed £20, and his employers will pay him half his wages during his absence. Will the Minister inform me whether the Australian Soldiers' Repatriation Act provides for the granting of assistance in cases of this kind, so that Stevens's deferred pay may remain his inviolate right? If not, will the honorable gentleman consider calling together the useful repatriation committees in city areas for the purpose of raising funds to provide for this kind of emergency?

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