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Friday, 2 July 1920

Mr BRUCE (FLINDERS, VICTORIA) asked the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice -

1.   Whether it is a fact that the Crown Law authorities have advised that under the Australian Soldiers' Repatriation Act 1920 there is no power to pay allowances in supplement of pensions to widowed mothers and orphans of deceased soldiers as heretofore?

2.   If so, in consequence of this decision, will the total amounts payable to many widowed mothers and orphans be decreased upon the coming into operation of the Act referred to?

3.   Is it proposed to take any steps to avoid a reduction in the payments to such widowed mothers and orphans being brought about by the operation of the Australian Soldiers' Repatriation Act 1920?

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