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Wednesday, 2 December 1936

Senator HARDY (New South Wales) . - We are entitled to more definite information as to the amount of money involved. If I had known that it was the intention, of the Opposition to move amendments, I could . have brought forward at least 50, all most meritorious. I feel that the repatriation policy is a long-range one, and is gradually evolving, through the lessons of the past, into what will ultimately become a perfect repatriation scheme. I have refrained from moving amendments because I felt that we were gradually securing what we desired by that process of evolution. In my opinion tubercular soldiers should have full war pensions, but in that matter I did not move an amendment. Instead, I took the assurance of the Postmaster-General that the matter was receiving the full consideration of the Minister in charge of the department. If, in the next amending bill, no progress is made in these directions, I shall move a definite .-and official amendment. I have no doubt that what the Leader of the Opposition said is perfectly correct. I agree that the children should not be penalized, but the Minister has given an assurance that the matter will be considered with the utmost sympathy, and I believe that that assurance will have definite results.

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