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Tuesday, 3 June 1969

Senator MCKELLAR - I am not aware of the circumstances outlined by the honourable senator. He mentioned war veterans homes in the course of his question. Of course, war veterans homes are outside the Repatriation Department altogether. So far as the Department is concerned, briefly the position is that, if men are in need of care and we are not able to take them into repatriation hospitals because they are not ill enough and perhaps all they need is to be looked after, where it is possible we get them into these homes. The honourable senator suggests that in this instance some of the men are in need of medical treatment. I do not know what the position is with regard to this case, but I certainly will make inquiries and let the honourable senator know what the position is. If any action can be taken to help the men, we certainly will take it.

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