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Tuesday, 30 April 1957

Mr McMAHON - As a result of representations made by the honorable member, it has been agreed that war service land settlers will get the usual Commonwealth living allowances applying to Flinders and *he other islands off the coast of Tasmania. He will be glad to know that an allowance of £25 will be allowed in the case of married men and that single persons will receive an allowance of £15.

The first part of the honorable member's question was as to when final determinations of value of properties will be made. I think it should be made known to the House that this is a matter entirely within the jurisdiction of the Government of Tasmania. The Commonwealth Government has been pressing it for some months to ask the Tasmanian Parliament to make the decisions that are necessary before valuations can issue. For perhaps as long as from six to nine months, we have been asking the Tasmanian Government to take the necessary action so that final determinations of value may be made. Until the Tasmanian Government moves and until it takes the necessary legal action, I am afraid there is nothing we can do other than to urge it to take action. I suggest that the honorable member might get some of his colleagues in the Tasmanian Parliament and the returned servicemen's league to take appropriate action.

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