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Wednesday, 20 March 1957

Sir ARTHUR FADDEN (McphersonTreasurer) . - I move -

That the bill be now read a second time.

The purpose of this bill is to provide an additional amount of £20,000 for the benefit of Australian civilians who suffered injury as a result of internment by the Japanese during the war, or their dependants.

The Trading with the Enemy Act 1952 provided for the distribution of the proceeds of realization of Japanese assets in Australia between former prisoners of war or their dependants and civilian internees. The value of the assets was then estimated to be £770,000. The realized value was, in fact, higher, and the Government recently announced a further distribution among former prisoners of war and their dependants. At the same time it was decided to provide an additional £20,000 for the relief of civilian internees. The money will be distributed by a trust comprising Brigadier A. S. Blackburn, V.C., Dr. W. E. Fisher, Colonel Alan Spowers, Mr. R. J. Daffy and a Treasury representative.

Debate (on motion by Mr. Calwell) adjourned.

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