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Friday, 8 May 1942

Mr FROST (Franklin) (Minister for Repatriation) - I wish to advise the honorable member for Reid (Mr.

Morgan) concerning the two cases to which he referred on the motion for adjournment last night. One is that of Mr. W. W. Passmore, who was a member of the Permanent Air Force, and the other that of Mr. P. Holmes, who, I understand, was a member of the Militia Forces, and suffered incapacity as the result of an accident.

Yesterday, regulations were made for the purpose of removing certain differences that exist between different classes of members of the forces regarding eligibility for war pension. One regulation enables certain members of the Permanent Force who were not entitled to the benefits of the Australian Soldiers' Repatriation Act to come under that act. Such members as are discharged on or after the -7 th December, 1941, will in future be eligible for a war pension. If Mr. Passmore is within this class, I shall arrange to have his case reconsidered immediately.

The other regulation concerns the pension payable in respect of death or incapacity as the result of an accident occurring to a member of the forces whilst travelling on leave to or from his place of employment as a member. Previously, this provision applied only to those who had enlisted for service outside Australia; it has now been extended to apply also to members who have enlisted for service in Australia for the duration of the war. I shall ascertain whether the case of Mr. Holmes comes within the extended provision, and, if so, I shall have it investigated immediately.

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