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Tuesday, 3 December 1974
Page: 3016


Senator WHEELDON (Western AustraliaMinister for Repatriation and Compensation) - in reply- I thank Senator Guilfoyle for enabling this message to be dealt with quickly. I repeat the commitment that was given that any matters in train before the present date of expiry of the operation of the Bill will be completed. Any applications that have been accepted by the Government will not expire on the present date of expiry. As Senator Guilfoyle said, there is a committee of inquiry of the Social Welfare Commission. We are waiting for a report to be presented to the Minister for Social Security (Mr Hayden) and it is appropriate that we should have the results of this report of the committee of inquiry before further legislation is proceeded with or before we commit ourselves to extend the operation of the present Bill. For that reason I appreciate the action of the Opposition at this rather late stage in agreeing to the passage of the Bill.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Resolution reported; report adopted.







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