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Thursday, 29 November 1973
Page: 2269

Senator MAUNSELL (QUEENSLAND) -Does the Minister for Repatriation recall his answer to a question asked by me on 28 August in which he said that both he and the Minister for Defence would resist any proposal to amalgamate the Repatriation Department and the Department of Social Security? In view of continuing rumours in Returned Services League circles, will the Minister inform the Senate whether there has been any change in the position since August?

Senator BISHOP (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) - I am not aware of what Senator Maunsell refers to as rumours within Returned Services League. I know that the RSL has been active in stating that it is against such a proposal. I think it is a rumour about which people have been speculating. I can only reiterate the assurance that I gave before and what Mr Barnard, my colleague the Minister for Defence has said- that as far as we personally are concerned we would resist such moves. There are no moves presently under consideration by the Government. I can say only what is the current position officially as far as I and my colleague, Mr Barnard, are concerned.

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