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Wednesday, 2 December 1936

Senator A J McLACHLAN (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Postmaster-General) . - Prior to the adjournment I was referring to the definition in the act of " served in a theatre of war ".

It is within the ambit of that definition that the commission has to act. In this respect it has arrived at a determination which has been criticized by some honorable senators. All I propose to do is to submit to the Minister the amendments suggested by various honorable senators. Clause 5 amends the principal act in such a way that there is no necessity for nurses to have served in a theatre of war in order to become eligible for consideration for a service pension. So long as a nurse has " served abroad or embarked for service abroad", she is entitled to receive a pension provided, of course, that she is otherwise eligible.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 6 (Service pension in respect of a member permanently unemployable or suffering from pulmonary tuberculosis).

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