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Monday, 8 October 1984
Page: 1887

(Question No. 1845)

Mr Maher asked the Minister representing the Minister for Veterans' Affairs, upon notice, on 13 September 1984:

Can he say whether the Government intends to extend repatriation benefits to Australians who were members of the Greek Army under British command between 1941 and 1945.

Mr Holding —The Minister for Veterans' Affairs has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

Under the Repatriation Act, former members of allied forces of the 1939-45 War are eligible for service pensions if they satisfy certain conditions, including a minimum Australian residence requirement. The Act excludes persons whose only service was in forces that were 'irregular'.

Insofar as the honourable member's question relates to former members of Greek forces from 1941 to 1945 who have subsequently become Australian citizens, the Repatriation Commission advises that Greek forces of the exiled King George which fought with the Allies in North Africa are eligible for service pensions subject to the conditions in the legislation and provided the Australian residence requirement is satisfied.