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Victory for WWII ex-service women



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MEDIA RELEASET he H on C on S ciacca Mp M i n i s t e r for V e t e r a n s ' A ffa ir s 42/95 21 September, 1995

VICTORY FOR WWII EX-SERVICE WOMEN

The Federal Government has recognised the major contribution of ex-service women to Australia's World War II effort by extending Defence Service Home loans to eligible individuals.

The Minister for Veterans' Affairs, Con Sciacca, said legislation being debated in the House of Representatives today would allow eligible, full-time members of WWII women's services to receive a Defence Service Home loan.

"For fifty years, former members of the World War Π women's services who did not actually serve overseas dining war time have been excluded from Defence Service Homes benefits, unlike many of the male service volunteers,'1

Mr Sciacca said.·

"In taking the initiative to redress that situation, the Government recognises the major contribution to the war effort made by thousands of female volunteers who joined the services on the same basis as their male counterparts."

Mr Sciacca said the legislative changes would result in greater flexibility and security for the eligible ex-service women as they grew older. It would allow them to use their housing loan to secure entry to a retirement village which specialised in accommodation for the veteran community.

"These legislative changes are a victory for the ex-service women advocates who have been lobbying on this issue. The Federal Government is pleased to redress these legislative anomalies and extend the same rights to our female volunteers as our male volunteers," he said.

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