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Thursday, 26 November 1959


Mr CLYDE CAMERON (HINDMARSH, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) n asked the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice -

1.   What percentage of the population in each of the States is now in receipt of the war pension payable to the parents of a serviceman who was killed or who died while on active service?

2.   What are the corresponding figures for the previous five years?

3.   What is the number of eligible persons in Australia who are not receiving this form of pension?


Dr DONALD CAMERON (OXLEY, QUEENSLAND) - I have been advised by the Minister for Repatriation that statistics held by his department relating to payment of war pension to parents of deceased ex-servicemen do not differentiate between parents whose son died or was killed on active service and parents whose son died subsequently and whose death was accepted as due to war service. The answers to the questions asked by the honorable member are -

1.   The percentage of the population in each of the States in receipt of war pension as detailed above is -

 

2.   Comparative figures for the previous five years (on the same basis) are -

 

3.   The Repatriation Department has no way of establishing the number of eligible persons who are not receiving this form of pension.







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