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Thursday, 2 August 1934

Mr PRICE - In view of the fact that the War Service Homes Department is taking over from the State Bank of South Australia the administration of war service homes in that State, will the Minister administering war service homes state whether it is the intention of the Government to set up an office in that State at an early date to deal with this work ?

Mr FRANCIS - As soon as the necessary legislation passed by this Parliament is confirmed by the Parliament of South Australia, a War Service Homes branch will be established in Adelaide, and as far as practicable the. employees will he persons already resident in. the State. In order to ensure continuity of administration a deputy commissioner, and one or two other officers, particularly an accountant, because of the intricacy of the system of accounts, will be appointed. Advertisements will be inserted in the Adelaide newspapers at an early date asking for applications, and preference will be given to returned soldiers. For the junior positions, preference will be given to the children of deceased soldiers, and, if there are not sufficient of these children available, preference will then be given to the children of totally disabled soldiers.

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