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Friday, 16 July 1915

Mr McGRATH (BALLAARAT, VICTORIA) - I desire to make a personal explanation in connexion with the statement I made here a week or two ago with regard to the A.M. P. Society charging an extra premium of £5 per £100- £10 on a £200 policy- on the -policy of a soldier at the front whose wife had been a day late in paying the premium. The statement was correct, and the society, after having investigated the matter, have returned the extra premium charged.

Mr JENSEN - The Leader of the Opposition asked me a question the other day with regard to recruits, on leaving the base hospital at Broadmeadows, being compelled to return to Seymour to obtain leave. Instructions have now been issued to the Officer Commanding at the base hospital empowering him to take any of the following three courses, when a patient is fit for discharge therefrom : - (a) Where the patient needs a period of convalescence and the O.C. is satisfied that he has a suitable home to go to, leave is granted to enable him to go home, by the O.C. in the base hospital; (b) where convalescence is needed, and the O.C. is not satisfied as to the suitability of the home, the patient is transferred to the Convalescent Depot at Geelong, till fit to resume duty; (c) if the patient does not need any convalescing period and is fit to resume duty forthwith, he is returned to camp.

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