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Thursday, 13 September 1928

Mr BELL (Darwin) .- I cannot agree with the statement of the Minister that, if the motion were carried, it would mean that an ex-soldier suffering from a disability, even from a wound selfinflicted, would be entitled to a pension. It would be easy for the department or the appeal board to prove that the disability from which the ex-soldier was suffering was not due to his war service. Regarding the extravagant instance given by the Minister of a self-inflicted wound, the position to-day is that if a returned soldier is suffering from a wound which was self-inflicted, unless there are records to prove that that wound was self-inflicted, he must be entitled to a pension. That of course is no argument against the motion.

Debate interrupted under Standing Order No.199.

General business and Orders of the Day postponed until after Government business.

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