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Wednesday, 27 September 1972
Page: 1201

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - I preface my question to the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation by reminding him that I and a colleague from the Opposition side yesterday raised the discrepancy in pension payments to be made to widows of all Service ranks higher than those of captain in the Navy, colonel in the Army and group captain and relative ranks in the Air Force. The first schedule to the principal Act provides in the amendment for fortnightly payments which are 10c more than the uniform rate. Can the Minister now advise whether the discrepancy was caused by a printer's error or whether the variation to the uniform pension will continue until such time as the Act is again amended?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Air) - As the honourable senator mentioned, he questioned me on this subject last night during the debate on the Repatriation Bills. I endeavoured to answer his questions as well as I could with the assistance of the Repatriation Department's advisers who were alongside me. If I have not explained the situation fully I shall look at the honourable senator's question and get a detailed answer for him from the Minister.

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