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Tuesday, 27 September 1949

Mr BARNARD (BASS, TASMANIA) (Minister for Repatriation) - There is a provision in the Australian Soldiers' Repatriation Act that relates to the care and education of the children of war widows. The provision is of such a nature that the children's education is provided for from the time that they enter a primary school until, in some instances, they leave a university. When the children of war widows reach the age of sixteen years and are no longer entitled to a pension, they may receive a special educational allowance. If they enter into apprenticeships, apprenticeship allowances are paid. The provisions of the act are such that the children of war widows are educated in a much better manner than are the children of tradesmen or persons in the middle income groups. In addition, there is an excellent organization that devotes a great deal of time and money to their care. I refer to Legacy.

Mr White - I rise to order. The question that has been asked by the honorable member for Parkes relates to Government assistance to the children of war widows. Legacy has nothing to do with the Government.

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