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Tuesday, 26 August 1969

Senator BISHOP - My question is directed to the Minister for Housing. I preface it by saying that Australian Red Cross representatives who perform service overseas are covered by the Repatriation (Special Overseas Services) Act and also receive medals, decorations and the returned from active services badges. I ask: Will the Minister review the provisions of the War Service Homes Act so that these persons will also receive the benefits of that legislation?

Senator Dame ANNABELLE RANKIN - It is well known that during wars officers of the Red Cross Society, the Young Men's Christian Association and Young Women's

Christian Association have performed an excellent service for Service personnel. The question whether they should be counted as eligible persons for War Service Home benefits has been considered by various governments through the years but the legislation has not been changed in this regard. I am quite certain that when the legislation is looked at in the future these matters will always be given attention, and any decision made would accord with the policy at the time. I repeat that when the matter has been considered in the past the provisions have not been changed.

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