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Monday, 26 November 1973
Page: 3868


Mr Snedden asked the Minister for Trans port, upon notice:

(1)   How many free passes does the Commonwealth Railways provide to the Totally and Permanently Disabled Soldiers' Association for distribution among its members.

(2)   What percentage of Totally and Permanently Disabled Soldiers does this number represent.

(3)   Why are free passes not made available to all members of the Association.

(4)   Who decides the number of passes to be provided and on what basis.

(5)   What entitlement do the free passes bestow.


Mr Charles Jones - The answer to the right honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Forty free passes are issued each year by Commonwealth Railways to the Federal Secretariat of the Totally and Permanently Disabled Soldiers' Association which allot them to its State Branches for distribution to Association members.

(2)   The number of free passes available each year to members of the Association is currently equivalent to approximately 0.25 per cent of the total membership.

(3)   and (4) Free passes were first made available to the Association in 1948 when the then Minister for the Interior approved the issue of twelve passes each year. The number was equivalent to the number of free passes then made available to the Limbless Soldiers' Association of Australia.

The number of free passes issued to the Totally and Permanently Disabled Soldiers' Association were since increased in 1956, 1961 and 1964 on the basis of increases in the total membership of the Association.

I understand that subsequent applications by the Association in 1965, 1966, 1969 and 1970 for increases in the number of free passes were refused by the previous Government.

(5)   The free passes allow members of the Association free first class return travel over Commonwealth Railways between Port Pirie and Kalgoorlie.

Snowy Mountains Council (Question No. 1330)


Mr Malcolm Fraser asked the Minister for

Minerals and Energy, upon notice:

Will he supply me with a copy of the minutes or record of the special - telephone meeting of the Snowy Mountains Council held on Sunday, 23 September 1973.


Mr Connor - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

During the afternoon of Sunday, 23 September 1973 the Deputy Chairman of the Snowy Mountains Council sought the views of State Government representatives on the Council in turn by telephone about the circumstances then existing at the Tumut Power Stations. This was not a formal meeting of the Council. The Deputy Chairman referred to his telephone conversations and the antecedent circumstances in a 'Note for File' dated 28 September 1973, a copy of which I tabled in the House on 9 October 1973. For the most part, the text of that document appears in Hansard for 9 October 1973 at pages 1725 and 1726. I have supplied the honourable member with a copy of the document.







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