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Wednesday, 3 June 1942

Mr CURTIN (Fremantle) (Prime Minister) . - by leave - The Government has been considering the Australian Soldiers' Repatriation Act, and the problems associated with it in relation to the altered conditions under which many soldiers have to be dealt with. I am quite sure that they will be dealt with justly, and- to the degree to which the resources of the country will allow - generously. Having consulted the Leader of the Opposition (Mr. Fadden), it has been considered desirable to set up a special committee, composed of members of both Houses, and equally representative of the parties in the Parliament, to inquire into and report upon the general subject of the Australian Soldiers' Repatriation Act, and to recommend what amendments, if any, are desirable, having regard to the conditions caused by the present war. The members of the committee will be : Messrs. Pollard, Watkins, Harrison and Francis, and Senators Collett and Lamp. I propose to ask Mr. Pollard to act as chairman.

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