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Wednesday, 24 September 1941

Senator COLLETT (Western Australia) (Minister for Repatriation) . - On Wednesday last Senator Cooper asked the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice -

What provision, if any, has been made to rehabilitate, in civil life, members of the military and air forces stationed in Australia who have enlisted for full-time duty overseas or in Australia and have been discharged for medical reasons for which they have no responsibility?

I now furnish the following replies : -

1.   Apart from war pensions and medical treatment available to members of the forces whose disabilities are due to war service, the Government is considering a scheme of vocational training to provide for those who enlisted for service overseas and who are discharged from the forces with war disabilities which prevent them following their prior to enlistment occupations. In this connexion the Government has received a comprehensive report from the Sub-committee of the Interdepartmental Advisory Committee on Reconstructions, which sub-committee consisted of representatives of the Departments of Labour and National Service, Repatriation Commission, Army and Air Force. This report covers a wide field and deals with the question of training and placement of all classes of members of the forces in all its aspects. The Government has not yet reached finality with regard to that report, but in the meantime proposals are in hand to enable the Repatriation Commission to proceed with a tentative scheme of vocational training for war-disabled men.

2.   Provision also exists to obtain employment and for the payment of sustenance for members who have served overseas with satisfactory record.

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