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Wednesday, 28 March 1973
Page: 843


Mr Garland asked the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice:

(1)   How many veterans of (a) the Boer War and (b) World War I are still alive.

(2)   What would be the cost of extending repatriation benefits to all survivors.

(3)   Does the Government regard this figure as being beyond its resources: if not, will it extend repatriation benefits to all survivors.


Mr Barnard - The Minister for Repatriation has supplied the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1)   Estimated survivors as at December 1972 were:

(a)   less than 200

(b)   58,100

(2)   and (3) Repatriation legislation already provides a wide range of benefits for many veterans of the Boer War and World War I. Listed high in the priorities in the Government's promised program of improvements in the Repatriation field, is the provision of medical treatment (including hospitalisation) at Repatriation expense for all veterans of the Boer War and World War I. The estimated cost of providing this additional benefit will be approximately S8.95m per annum.







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