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Monday, 24 May 1965


Senator GORTON (Victoria) (Minister for Works) . - Senator Bishop has correctly interpreted the provisions of clause 47 (3.). A person who has a dishonorable discharge will not be entitled to benefits under the Social Services Act. Clause 47 sets out the authority for the extension of Part VIII of the Social Services Act to disabled servicemen who have been discharged with other than a dishonorable discharge.

I am sure Senator Wright realises that the matters he has raised go far beyond the specific legislation we are discussing today. They are related to the whole question whether benefits payable to all classes of Australian servicemen who do not become eligible for repatriation benefits are sufficient. This is a major matter of policy and I imagine that it is one for consideration by the Minister for Defence rather than the Minister for Labour and National Service since it extends over the whole field of benefits. Senator Wright indicated that he would like the responsible Minister to know that he had raised this matter. He wanted the Minister to examine it and see what could be done. I am sure that will be done but of course I cannot forecast the result.







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