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

ip. Canberra that the Soldiers' Children Education Scheme was

continuing to help to educate the children of War Widows and

Totally and Permanently disabled ex-servicemen.

Mr. Swartz's statement was issued on the occasion of the

Annual Dinner of the N.S.W. Branch of the T. & P.I. Association.

Mr. Swartz'said, "It was for this purpose that the

Soldiers' Children Education Scheme was established. In the

operation of the Education Scheme we have another example of

cp-operation in many fields. The Education Boards, which are

representative of prominent educationalists and of other

persons with a special knowledge of ex-service problems, give

an enormous amount of their time in a purely voluntary capacity,

to ensuring that the children under the Soldiers' Children

Education Scheme should be encouraged and directed to make the

greatest possible use of their talents. In New South Wales

during the year ending June of this year, 3,656 students from

the age of 12 years upwards were assisted under the Scheme —

8β0 of them in apprenticeship and other industrial training, 220

with professional and other tertiary studies and 2Q at

agricultural colleges. "

The expenditure of over £280,000 in this area has been

more than justified in what has been achieved as a result of

this co-operative effort apart from being a recognition of what

the nation owes to these children. The results in all other

States are commensurate with that in New South Wales. I mention

this only as an instance of a matter in which an Association has

a particular interest, but which also has more general '

implications and fits into the pattern of a Repatriation system

which is itself one of which we can all be proud.

Canberra, November 4.