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Thursday, 4 April 1968

Mr ANTHONY (RICHMOND, NEW SOUTH WALES) (Minister for Primary Industry) - I recall that a week or two ago the honourable member for Gellibrand asked a question of the Minister for the Interior concerning this matter, and I think the Minister replied that he could not accede to such a request. No doubt he was basing this decision on a precedent which I myself had established when I was Minister for the Interior some 2 years earlier. I had had several requests in relation to representatives attending the unveiling of the memorial at Albany. However, in the meantime the Government has had a second look at the matter, and because of the significance of the holding of the unveiling in Canberra, because the Returned Services League here has agreed to make the necessary arrangements, and because there have been other occasions when assistance has been given to delegates to come to RSL and ex-servicemen's functions, the Government has decided to pay the first class return air fare for a member of each of the units which made a contribution to the original Desert Mounted Corps memorial which was built at Port Said.

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