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Wednesday, 28 September 1949

Mr BARNARD (BASS, TASMANIA) (Minister for Repatriation) - It is . true that, some time ago, the honorable member for Wentworth and the honorable member for Parkes introduced the deputation to which the honorable member for Wentworth has referred in his question. The matter has been thoroughly considered by the Repatriation Commission and by the Government. The difficulty is, of course, that the number of people with claims for consideration is so large that it would? be most difficult to decide who should beomitted from a scheme of this kind.. That fact, plus information that has been received from other countries in which this concession has been granted to certain types of ex-servicemen, led the Government to decide not to introduce a similar plan in this country.

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