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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Senator COLLINGS (QueenslandMinister for the Interior) - by leave - The Government has decided that having regard to the great number of men who, because of the dimensions of our present forces, will be affected by and have rights under the Australian Soldiers' Repatriation Act, it is desirable that this legislation should he examined. As a result of consultation between the Prime Minister (Mr. Curtin) and the Leader of the Opposition in the House of Representatives (Mr. Fadden) the Government has decided to appoint a committee of mem bers of both Houses of Parliament to inquire into and report upon the general question of the Repatriation Act and the amendments, if any, which the joint committee recommends as desirable in the light of the conditions caused by the present war. The members, of the committee will be Senators H. B. Collett and C. A. Lamp, and Messrs. R. T. Pollard, D. O. Watkins, E. J. Harrison and J. Francia The Prime Minister has requested Mr. Pollard to act as chairman of the committee. The Government believes that this matter can be treated on a purely parliamentary basis, and that the interests of the soldiei-3 in relation to the nation will be well reviewed by the honorable senators and members mentioned who have consented to act on the committee.

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