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Tuesday, 4 May 1971

Senator KEEFFE (Queensland) - I indicated that I had one or two questions to ask on the Repatriation Department under Division 460, subdivision 2, item 07, Fares and expenses of war pensioners under review, an additional appropriation of $15,600 is sought. In the same subdivision under item 06 an additional appropriation of $3,000 is requested for payment for services of registrars, police and officers of the PostmasterGeneral's Department. I do not recall that item 06 is normally set out in the Estimates associated with the Budget. I would like to have some details on both those items. Under Division 464, War and Service Pensions and Allowances, item 01, Pensions and allowances for incapacitated exservicemen and their dependants the additional appropriation is $720,000. Is this additional appropriation caused by the increases in pensions? Is it instituted to cover something associated with the recent increases in pensions which was announced by the Prime Minister (Mr McMahon) a few weeks ago or is it to cover additional pensions?

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