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Tuesday, 6 December 1938

Mr Blackburn n asked the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation, upon notice -

1.   How many(a) ex-service men, and (b) wives of ex-service men and widows of exservice men, are receiving service pensions?

2.   How many persons are estimated to be wholly dependent on war pensions, including ex-service men, widows and other dependants of deceasedex-service men?

Mr Archie Cameron - The Minister for Repatriation has supplied the following answers : -

1.   (a)6,647: (b) wives, 2,036; widows, 304: total, 8,807.

2.   It is impossible to arrive at an estimate as no disclosure of income is sought in the assessment of war pensions to ex-soldiers' wives or children.

Militia Forces : Recruiting Centres - Definition of Duties.

Mr Street t. - On the 1st December, the honorable member for Watson (Mr. Jennings) asked the following question, without notice: -

Is the Minister aware that there have been many complaints in Sydney by intending militia recruits regarding their inability to find out the exact location of the places where they may enlist? Willhe make inquiries to see if this difficulty can be overcome?

I am now in a position to inform the honorable member that I am advised by the District Base Commandant at Sydney that recruiting officers are in attendance each day at Victoria Barracks and at all drill halls inthe metropolitan and suburban areas and full particulars' are available from these officers regarding the location of the places of enlistment.

In addition, information has been published on several occasions recently in the metropolitan press, and printed cards showing the location of all centres are now being issued.

Mr Street - On the 2nd December, the honorable member for Cook (Mr. Sheehan) asked the following questions, upon notice : -

1.   Is there any provision relating to militia recruitment defining the duties which members of the Militia Forces may or may not be called on to perform in assisting State police forces?

2.   Would a member of the Militia Forces have a right to conscientious objection if called on to enforce against his fol low-workers repressive measures similar to those taken during the present industrial dispute in France ?

I am now in a position to inform the honorable member as follows: -

1.   I would invito the honorable member's attention to section 119 of the Constitution, section 51 of the Defence Act . 1903-1934 and to Part V. of the Australian Military Regulations, which prescribe the duties of the Military Forces in aid of the civil power during domestic violence.

2.   Section 51 of the Defence Act specifically provides that the Citizen Forces of the Commonwealth, which include the Militia Forces, shall not be called out or utilized in connexion with an industrial dispute.

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