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Wednesday, 24 October 1973
Page: 2576

Mr BOURCHIER (BENDIGO, VICTORIA) - My question is directed to the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation. It concerns ex-servicemen under the age of 65 years but over the age of 60 years who are unable to enter service homes provided by the Department of Repatriation for aged ex-servicemen. I refer to places such as Burnewang at Elmore near Bendigo. Apparently ex-servicemen are eligible for a pension at 60 years of age but they are not eligible to enter these homes. Will the Minister have a look at this situation to see whether it can be amended as at the present time there are at least 5 vacancies at Burnewang but there are at least 12 persons whose medical condition makes them suitable for admission to these homes but who cannot get permission to enter them because they are not 65 years of age?

Mr BRYANT (WILLS, VICTORIA) (Minister for the Capital Territory) - Of course, it is one of this Government's duties and objectives to iron out all anomalies that exist from the past, and the matter raised by the honourable member appears to be one of these anomalies. 'I will have this matter taken up straight away and if what the honourable member outlined is the case we will see what can be done about it.

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