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Wednesday, 21 April 1971

Senator WRIGHT - I accept what the honourable senator says, but I say quite clearly that I need no urging from him to evoke sympathy for the situation of single ex-service women with regard to repatriation benefits of which war service homes assistance is one. The honourable senator's question refers to the provision in the War Service Homes Act which entitles an exservice woman to the benefit of the Act only for her own housing accommodation or that of dependants. That is a criterion that has been in the Act, I think, since its origin. Having regard to the demands made under the Act, it has not been considered possible up to date to extend the benefit for ex-service women. But I am grateful to the honourable senator for the reminder. It will ensure that the matter will have specific consideration, as he suggests.

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