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Tuesday, 4 May 1971


Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) - I am unable to give Senator Keeffe any information at the present time in relation to Division 410. - Administrative, Department of Primary Industry. I shall obtain that information for the honourable senator and let him have it. The honourable senator also referred to the Department of the Army, Division 664, item 15. Pensions to former servicemen in special circumstances, $1,400. The information I have is that that amount is to cover an additional act of grace payment approved after the Budget was prepared. Under the Defence Forces Retirement Benefits Fund it is not possible legally to pay a pension in some cases. Where this occurs and where the case would otherwise have merited a pension from the DFRB Fund acts of grace payments are approved. Did the honourable senator understand that explanation?







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