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Thursday, 28 March 1957

Mr CALWELL (Melbourne) .- The Opposition offers no objection to the passage of this bill the purpose of which, as the Treasurer (Sir Arthur Fadden) explained, is to authorize the payment of the proceeds of the sale of certain Japanese assets to former civilian internees of the Japanese and their dependants. Quite recently, a payment was made to former prisoners of war and their dependants. We are sorry only that the persons concerned, both former prisoners of war and civilian internees, and their dependants, have not received more. However, we are glad to note that the sale of the assets yielded more than the Government's advisers estimated, and we hope that there will be more money available later for distribution to the victims of Japanese aggression in World War II.

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