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Tuesday, 21 March 1961

Mr WHITLAM (WERRIWA, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I ask a question of the Minister for Repatriation. When does he expect to authorize the proclamation of the Native Members of the Forces Benefits Act, which was passed in December, 1957, and which provides pensions for natives of New Guinea and the neighbouring islands who were incapacitated in the Australian forces during the last war? Since most of these men have been discharged, does the Government take the view that they will be unlikely and unable to demonstrate their grievances as the Pacific Islands Regiment did, and that accordingly in their case the Government can dawdle indefinitely?

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