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Thursday, 7 May 1936


Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - On the 30th April, Senator Collett asked the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice -

1.   Has the additional War Pensions Entitlement Tribunal, appointed last year, been dissolved?

2.   What, at the present date, are the arrears of pension appeals?

3.   Is it not anticipated that there will be a considerable increase in the number of appeals as a result of the institution of the system of service pensions?

I am now in a position to inform the honorable senator as follows : -

1.   Yes, as from the loth April, 1936.

2.   At the 1st May, 1930, there were 340 appeals listed for hearing by the Entitlement Appeal Tribunal in the States in which it will actually conduct sittings during the period from the 1st May, 1936, to the12th June, 1930, and 245 other appeals are ready to be listed in the various States to which the tribunal will subsequently proceed, while 93 appeals are waiting registration by the commission. This makes inall a total of678 appeals already listed or waiting listing or registration. The tribunal can hear 50 cases a week. It will, therefore, dispose of the 340 cases actually listed within the period from the 1st May, 1936, to the 12th June, 1936, and the remaining 338 cases in less than seven weeks from that date. The tribunal can hear 700 cases in fourteen weeks. This means that the average waiting period for each appeal is less than three months. Seven hundred cases are necessary to keep one tribunal constantly functioning. When the additional tribunal was appointed, there was an accumulation of 1,302 cases'. This was beyond the capacity of one tribunal. The accumulation having been disposed of, the position is now well within the capacity of the existing tribunal.

3.   No, as no right of appeal from service pension applications lies to the War Pensions Entitlement Appeal Tribunal. All service pension" appeals on the grounds that an exsoldier is -

(a)   permanently unemployable; or

(b)   suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis, lie to the War Pensions Assessment Appeal Tribunals.







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