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Tuesday, 16 March 1965

Senator COOKE (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) - I preface my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Shipping and Transport by stating that in the last sessional period I received from the Minister, in reply to a question that I asked, an assurance that total and permanent incapacity pensioners and 100 per cent, pensioners under the Seamen's War Pensions and Allowances Act would receive treatment in repatriation hospitals. There has been a statement of the Government's policy on this matter to this effect, but I understand that patients requiring treatment cannot receive it because the regulations have not been completed and proper arrangements have not been made for the necessary funds to cover the cost of this treatment. Assuming this is a correct statement of the position, will the Minister take steps to have the matter remedied at the earliest date?

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