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Act of Grace Payment to Mrs Shoko Simpson



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WDOMBSTER FOGS FDIMAIMGE SENATOR PETER WALSH

EMBARGO: F0R IMMEDIATE RELEASE NO. 2/84

ACT OF GRACE PAYMENT. TO. MRS. SH.OK.O. SIMPSON

The Government has agreed to make an Act of Grace Payment

to Mrs Shoko Simpson.

Mrs Simpson, who is the widow of distinguished Australian Victoria Cross winner, Warrant Officer Ray Simpson V . C . , D . C . M . , lives,in Japan.

I have approved, pursuant to Section 34A of the Audit Act

1901 the payment of an allowance of $31 per week to

augment her present entitlement to a W a r Widow's Pension.

In reaching this decision I was concerned that the value of her Australian pension paid in Japan has been eroded by

changing values of the Australian dollar and the Japanese yen.

I wrote to the Minister for V e t e r a n s Affairs, Senator Gietzelt yesterday informing him of this decision.

CANBERRA

21ST DECEMBER 1984