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Wednesday, 19 April 1972
Page: 1258


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) - I thank the Senate for the speedy second reading that these Bills have been given. The resources available for war compensation purposes are directed according to priorities based on the extent of war related disablement and loss. The pensions are not taxable. The Government believes that the increases granted to TPI pensioners and war widows compare more than favourably with movements in the consumer price index and in the minimum wage. I have listened to the amendment that Senator Poyser has moved. The Government cannot accept it. We will resist it by calling 'no' when the amendment is put. I suggest that we now move to dispose of the amendment.


The PRESIDENT - Order! I wish to make the position clear. Senator Poyser has moved an amendment to the second reading of the Repatriation Bill 1972. This is a cognate debate, with the Seamen's War Pensions and Allowances Bill also being debated. So the first vote will be on the amendment to the motion for the second reading of the Repatriation Bill; then there will be votes on the remaining stages of the Repatriation Bill and on the remaining stages of the Seamen's War Pensions and Allowances Bill. The question now is: That the words proposed to be added to the motion for the second reading of the Repatriation Bill by Senator Poyser's amendment be added'.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

Original question, as amended, resolved in the affirmative.

Bill read a second time, and passed through its remaining stages without amendment or debate.







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