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Wednesday, 21 September 1949

Mr TURNBULL (Wimmera) . - I rise to support the case advanced by the honorable member for Balaclava (Mr. White). The Prime Minister (Mr. Chifley) should look into it, and see that justice is done to the man concerned. The honorable member for Balaclava is deserving of our thanks in that he is always ready to help ex-servicemen. When Singapore fell, and the men of the 8th Division were marched out to Changi prison, the Red Cross men went with them. They played their part like the others. Some of them went out with working parties, whilst others attended the sick in a rough hut that was used as a hospital. I know one of these men, who is now living in Victoria, and he is not the man about whom the honorable member for Balaclava spoke, because I have compared notes with the honorable member. There are only a few men who would be affected by a favorable decision by the Government, and they should be treated fairly. I notice that the Prime Minister has walked out of the chamber.

Mr DEPUTY SPEAKER -The honorable member is not entitled to reflect upon the Prime Minister whether he is in the chamber or not.

Mr TURNBULL - We want the Government to reply to the case which has been submitted. We want justice to be done to the men. They should be granted this remission of taxation.

Question resolved in the affirmative.

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