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Thursday, 14 June 1928

Mr RODGERS (WANNON, VICTORIA) .- I believe that the Government has fairly discharged its duties to the returned soldiers generally, and I am glad that the Prime Minister has made the statement to which we have just listened with such interest. ButI wish to bring one specific point in reference to Victoria under the notice of the right honorable gentleman. Some time ago and not, I think, through any statement alleged to have been made by the Prime Minister, certain advisory boards appointed in Victoria to investigate the position of some soldier settlers, were under the impression that if on their recommendation, the leases of an individual soldier were cancelled, the Commonwealth Government would take steps to further repatriate the soldier in a more suitable way of life, or on larger areas. In these circumstances, a number of soldiers were dispossessed of their lands. I want the Prime Minister to take care that in the final settlement with Victoria, such soldiers shall not be allowed to fall between two stools. They were, in some cases, dispossessed of their land in a misunderstanding, and steps should be taken to rectify the errors as far as it is possible to do. In the final analysis the State Governments must see that justice is done.

Proposed vote agreed to.

Prime Minister's Department.

Proposed vote, £75,000.

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