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Tuesday, 22 October 1974
Page: 1832

Senator KEEFFE (QUEENSLAND) - My question is directed to the Minister for Repatriation and Compensation. Can he inform the Parliament of the present position concerning the giving of reasons for their decisions by determining authorities under the repatriation legislation?

Senator WHEELDON - I replied earlier this year to a question from Senator Keeffe on this subject. Since then some progress has been made in this matter which the Government believes provides for a better administration of the tribunals making determinations which are so important to people who apply for repatriation benefits. The war pensions entitlement appeal tribunals have been making available to applicants the reasons for their decisions since 1 June last. The intention of the Government is that all such tribunals should make the reasons for their decisions available to applicants. Naturally, some problems have to be overcome in doing so. It is not entirely simple after many years of merely providing a decision to make the appropriate arrangements for the reasons behind the decision to be provided. However steps have been taken to see that the repatriation boards will commence to give reasons for their decisions as from 1 July 1975. At present arrangements are in hand to make the appropriate amendments to the repatriation regulations.

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