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Wednesday, 30 August 1972
Page: 527

Senator PRIMMER (VICTORIA) - I direct a question to the Minister representing the Minister for Repatriation. Is he aware of the comment reported yesterday by the National Secretary of the Returned Services League, Mr A. G. Keys, that the League would be violently opposed to any proposal like that put forward by Dr Robert Hecker in relation to the repatriation system? Without entering into the controversy aroused by

Dr Hecker'scomments, would the Government state that, as it opposes violence, it would be opposed to the RSL's expressing or carrying out violent opposition to any proposal?

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (WESTERN AUSTRALIA) (Minister for Air) - I have seen a number of expressions in the daily newspapers in recent days by people who have either criticised or defended the Returned Services League and repatriation cases. There are 2 committees at the present time investigating this matter and I will not be drawn into any of the arguments.

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