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Former POW's of Japan receive compensation payment.



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Gary Nairn MP Federal Member for Eden-Monaro PO Box 232, Queanbeyan NSW 2620 Tollfree NSW 1800 041 539 Ph: (02) 6297 3952 Fax: (02) 6297 5768

Press Release Ref: 395 Published: 14/6/2001 Title: Former POW’s of Japan receive compensation payment

The Federal Government has today carried through on its Federal Budget commitment to pay $25 000 compensation to Australians who were held prisoner of war by Japan during World War II, the Federal Member for Eden-Monaro, Gary Nairn, said today.

Mr Nairn said former PoW’s of Japan who received a pension through the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA) would have had the payment credited to their bank accounts today, 14 June.

“They should receive the $25 000 along with their regular DVA pension payment and I encourage them to check their account to make sure the money has arrived,” Mr Nairn said.

“If there is any problem with the payment not being credited, the DVA should be contacted on 133 254 to make sure the department has the correct details.

“It is possible that some former PoW’s of Japan might not be registered with DVA. These people should contact the department to apply for the payment.”

Mr Nairn said the ex gratia payment was also being made to surviving widows of former PoW’s of Japan, Australian civilians who were detained or interned by the Japanese during WWII, or their surviving widows/widowers.

“If they have not already done so, persons who think they may be eligible for the payment should contact DVA to apply.

“The estates of eligible recipients who have passed away since 1 January 2001 can also apply for the payment.”

“While no amount of money can truly compensate those who endured the Japanese PoW camps, this payment is an important acknowledgment of this special group of Australians,” Gary Nairn said.

“I am pleased that the Government has acted quickly in the wake of its Budget announcement, to make this compensation available.”