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Thursday, 9 December 1965

Mr SWARTZ (Darling Downs) (Minister for Health) . - in reply- We have listened to a most interesting exposition on territorial boundaries, State responsibilities and so forth and to a degree of history associated with the situation, little of which has had anything to do with this measure.

However, from the comments of the Deputy Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Whitiam) I gather that the Opposition has no objection to this measure as such. I think I should reiterate that it is merely designed to include a special group of people within the scope of the repatriation benefits that come under the Native Members of the Forces Benefits Act - a group of people who were previously classified as Australian Aborigines living on the mainland territory which is still within the State of Queensland. They are now, by this measure, being brought within the scope of the original Act and will gain the benefits accordingly. I am sure the Bill has the support of the House.

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