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Friday, 29 March 1946

Mr FROST (FRANKLIN, TASMANIA) (Minister for Repatriation) - It is a fact that numerous wives of Australian ex-servicemen have been unable to- obtain passages to

Australia owing to the scarcity of shipping. When their husbands were discharged, their allowances naturally ceased, but arrangements havebeen made for the payments tobe continued until the wives are placed on board ship. This concession is subject to a means test. I discussed the matter with a number of ex-servicemen whose wives are in Great Britain, and they, assured me that the present arrangement was working satisfactorily.

Mr McEwen - Must the money advanced be repaid?

Mr FROST - Yes. It is onlya loan.

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