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Tuesday, 11 May 1965

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) - I direct a question to the Leader of the Government in the Senate. Will the 800 Australian troops soon to go to Vietnam enjoy repatriation and rehabilitation benefits identical with those granted to ex-service personnel of the Second World War? Will rehabilitation benefits and training facilities afforded to them be the same as those afforded to ex-service personnel of the Second World War and the Korean War?

Senator Paltridge - I suggest that the question be directed to my colleague, the Minister for Repatriation.

Senator McKELLAR - The position regarding repatriation benefits for those who, perhaps, will require them at some time in the near future on account of the commitments that the Commonwealth has entered into is substantially this: Members of the forces serving in Sabah, Sarawak and North Borneo will be eligible for repatriation benefits. Members who serve in Vietnam are also included. The question of including further theatres will be decided as this becomes necessary. The question of rehabilitation and training is being thrashed out at the present time. We are hoping to have the benefits that have been granted to those who served in theatres of war in the past extended to those who will serve in such theatres in the future.

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