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Gift cars for ex-servicemen

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More than 160 gift cars had been granted to severely

incapacitated ex-servicemen in the past 11 jrears, the Minister

for Repatriation, Mr. R.W. Swartz, said today.

He said that nine of the cars had been granted by way of

a first issue or as a replacement during 1961/62.

"The Repatriation Department may issue a gift motor

vehicle to an ex-serviceman’ who has, as a result of his v/ar

service) lost both legs above the knee.

"A car may also be provided to an eligible ex-serviceman

who suffers from complete paraplegia which results in the .

total loss of the use of both legs." . ·

Mr. Swartz said that in addition to the issue of a gift

car an allowance of £120,a' year is granted towards registration,

insurance and upkeep.

If necessary, a manual driving device is fitted at

Departmental expense. ,

"Gift cars were first provided in 1951 to enable men who

were severely incapacitated during the war to take a more

active part in normal everyday activities. . .

! "Without such cars many of these men would be forced to

remain almost permanently in their homes without\the ordinary,

pleasures of sightseeing or travelling any distance."

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Canberra, October 9, 1962. '