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Thursday, 13 October 1955

Mr FRANCIS (Moreton) (Minister for the Navy and Minister for the Army) . - The amendment is most extraordinary. The honorable member for Ballarat (Mr. Joshua) devoted most of his remarks this afternoon to expressions of appreciation, and he applauded the Minister for Repatriation (Senator Cooper). Indeed, he stated that the bill provided most generous treatment and that honorable members would applaud the Government for the added benefits that are included in this measure. Time will not permit me to deal with all the points he raised after he had applauded the Government at great length for what it has done. Having expressed appreciation, he immediately asked the Government to appoint a royal commission to inquire into the administration of the Repatriation Act and the Repatriation Commission, which he had praised almost unceasingly. Almost every speaker on both sides of the chamber has paid tribute to the Minister for Repatriation and the Government, indicating clearly that this measure is a generous contribution to the welfare of repatriation pensioners and not open to suspicion.

Mr Keon - Sheer political bribery!

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