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Wednesday, 20 May 1970

Mr HOLTEN (INDI, VICTORIA) (Minister for Repatriation) - The matter which the honourable member for Mallee raises has been the subject of a number of representations from various individuals and also from ex-servicemen's organisations. I mention that a great number of the 1914-18 returned servicemen are already catered for within the repatriation system. They either have disabilities which are accepted as being due to war service or they are in receipt of a service pension, which indicates that they are somewhat needy people. They have available to them hospital and medical treatment through the system. However, having said that, I can assure the honourable member that, even though one of the basic reasons for the Repatriation Department's existence is to assist people who have suffered disabilities because of war service, I will certainly be taking the matter he raises into account during the Budget discussions.

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