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Wednesday, 4 December 1935

Senator COOPER (Queensland) . - Paragraph (ii) of proposed new section 39a refers to a member of the forces who, immediately prior to his death -

.   . was in receipt of an amount in respect of a disability described in any of the first eight items in the first column of the fifth schedule to this act . . .

I ask the Minister to agree to alter that to the first ten items, instead of the first eight items, in the first column of the fifth schedule. The first eight items include double amputations below the knee, but not cases in which one arm or one leg has been amputated and one eye destroyed. The proposed new section differentiates between the loss of an eye and the loss of a leg, whereas, hitherto, an eye has been treated as a limb. The last available report of the RepatriationCommission shows that there are 145 ex-soldiers who come under the first ten items of schedule five of this act, and as the number of double-amputees mentioned in the report is 133, it will be seen that the total number of men affected by my proposal would be twelve. I ask the Minister to give this matter favorable consideration.

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