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Friday, 19 July 1946

Mr FROST (FRANKLIN, TASMANIA) (Minister for Repatriation) - I have investigated this case. The ex-serviceman referred to was discharged on the 13th September, 1945, and was medically boarded a few days later., when the decision was that he "was suffering from mania and that his disability was "nil". The Repatriation Commission, however, accepted responsibility for the disability. The condition of the man subsequently deteriorated. When the honorable member took the matter up with me, I had the man further medically examined. He "was taken to hospital, and on the 14th June was placed in Callan Park hospital. He is now drawing 100 per cent, .pension. At the time he was discharged his disabilities, were nil, and he was not . qualified to' draw a pension. Then, as his complaint ' worsened, he received full pension benefits. The Chairman of the Repatriation Commission, General Wootten, is visiting Sydney now to investigate neurosis . cases. Last week, a deputation of specialists waited upon me to discuss neurosis, and arrangements are being, made to treat cases of this kind: Practically every eminent specialist in Australia is giving all the assistance he can.

Mb. F. M. FORDE, M.P.

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