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Thursday, 24 March 1927

Senator NEEDHAM (Western Australia) . - I am pleased that it is now proposed to amend the act in a direction that has been advocated by honorable senators of the Opposition for some time past. An advance of £950 is little enough to help a soldier to get a home for himself. I hope that the act will be administered sympathetically, as the Minister says, because I have heard of cases where sympathy has not been shown. In a few instances where a soldier has been unable to meet his repayments the fault may have teen his own ; but there have been , many occasions when a little sympathetic consideration would have enabled the occupier of a home to liquidate his lia bility to the commission. I welcome, however, the assurance given by the Minister that this measure will be administered with that sympathetic consideration upon which the success of this repatriation effort depends. We must remember that the promises we made to the men when they enlisted to go through the hell of war have not altogether been fulfilled.

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