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Tuesday, 20 September 1949

Dr EVATT - I am obliged to the honorable member for mentioning this matter. In all cases, except one in which the claim was abandoned, compensation has been paid to the dependants of the murdered men as though they had been killed on active service, which, in effect, they were. In addition, the Australian Government made a claim upon the Indonesian Republic and a further substantial sum has been paid.

Mr McEwen - A maximum of £500 for a widow and orphan son ?

Dr EVATT - Those payments were over and above the compensation to which the dependants were entitled under the Repatriation Act. The Indonesian Government has agreed to pay a further sum which is still owing. As the honorable member is aware, that Government has not been functioning for some time. However, I shall ascertain the exact amount outstanding, and the honorable member may rest assured that the payments agreed upon will be made to the dependants.

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