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Wednesday, 11 October 1972
Page: 1448

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN (Western Australia) (Minister for Air) - While I am on my feet I will add a little more information to that which 1 have given to Senator Wilkinson. I have been informed that the States Grants (War Service Land Settlement) Act 1952-53 gave the Minister for Primary Industry the power to make grants to the States in such amounts and subject to such conditions as he determines. Conditions to be attached to grants were determined in 1953 and have broadly applied since that time. In reply to Senator McLaren, the question of whether land settlement schemes should be introduced for national servicemen was considered by the Government in 1965 against the background of the National Service Act. Again in 1966 it was considered against the background of national service and membership of the permanent forces. At that time an interdepartmental committee examined the situation and made certain recommendations to the Government. The Government's decision was influenced by a number of points that the committee raised in respect of the land settlement scheme. The Government, having had that examination made and having viewed the whole aspect of national service and service by permanent members of the Forces, decided that a scheme for national servicemen was not warranted.

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