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Thursday, 22 October 1964

Senator ANDERSON (New South Wales) (Minister for Customs and Excise) . - In September last we had a debate on repatriation. I well remember it because, as honorable senators know, it was early in my career as a Minister representing another Minister. The matters that Senator Sandford has raised this afternoon were vigorously - I think that is a fair word to use - debated on that occasion by Senator Sandford, myself and other senators. Onus of proof, acceptance of cancer as a war caused disability and hospitalisation of exservicemen of World War I are all matters of policy which were debated under the Repatriation Bill. I do not feel disposed to be drawn into another vigorous debate on the same issues this afternoon when we are dealing with these estimates of the Department of Repatriation. All I can say is that I shall see to it that the comments of the honorable senator are drawn to the attention of the Minister for Repatriation (Mr. Swartz).

I have been asked whether some regard has been had to the question of a time lag in relation to appeal tribunals. Reports are made to the Minister from time to time as to the waiting list, so that he and his senior officers can make an appreciation of what is happening in relation to outstanding appeals. I cannot say any more than that. I respect the honorable senators for the particular issues that he has raised. He raises them with a regularity which we appreciate. I shall see that these matters are drawn to the attention of the Minister for Repatriation. - Proposed expenditure noted.

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