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Wednesday, 4 March 1970

Mr HOLTEN (INDI, VICTORIA) (Minister for Repatriation) - Mr Speaker,I am sure all honourable members feel sympathetically towards this gentleman, as the honourable member for Grayndler (Mr Daly) does, but I am not aware of the details of the case. Most members will know that there is a system under which these claims are investigated. The basis of the system is a study of the medical and other evidence brought before the various determining authorities, namely, the Repatriation Board Commission and then, if necessary, the War Pensions Entitlement Appeal Tribunals. It might interest the House to know that all the members of these determining authorities at this moment are all returned servicemen. It would, therefore, be fair comment to say that they would have a sympathetic outlook and an understanding of the service conditions under which this gentleman served. They are duty bound to give the serviceman - the appellant or the claimant - the benefit of the doubt under section 47 of the Repatriation Act. Many people complain that the Repatriation Department is too lenient. However, the duty of these three bodies is to give the serviceman the benefit of the doubt as to whether their condition is due to war service.

Having given a broad outline of the general administrative setup of the Department I say to the honourable member that I certainly will have a look at the case and we will do everything within our power - I can assure him of this - to make sure that if this ex-serviceman does undergo a medical examination he will not have difficulty in being transported anywhere for such an examination. I give an assurance to the honourable member that we will look at this case tomorrow and then I will have further discussions with him about it.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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