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Thursday, 21 August 1969

The PRESIDENT - Order! I have no control over the way in which the Minister answers the question.

Senator McKELLAR -I have already stated the initial step that has to be taken. This is important to those people who want entitlements from the Repatriation Department. If the Repatriation Board in the State concerned turns down the application then the applicant has the right of appeal to the Repatriation Commission. If it is then turned down the aplicant has the right to go to a War Pension Entitlement Appeal Tribunal. If he is not satisfied with the assessment made he has the right to appear before a War Pensions Assessment Appeal Tribunal. This is the machinery that is available. If it so happens that at times somebody slips through and is not entitled to the benefits he or she receives, then I would rather see that happen than to see people not get what they are entitled to. Section 47 of the Repatriation Act states that any doubt in the mind of the determining tribunal must be exercised in favour of the applicant. Mr President, that is all I want to say.

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