April 3, 1945 (19th Parliament, 6th Session)

CCF

Clarence Gillis

Co-operative Commonwealth Federation (C.C.F.)

Mr. GILLIS:

That is right, but I am saying that it should go automatically because the minister asked that question.
Another badly treated section of the service about which I am going to say a few words is the merchant seamen. I believe that something has been done to broaden the scope of the rehabilitation regulations, and I am not

going to touch on that angle until we have the break-down and the presentation of the minister. But I say to the minister who is handling pensions and national health and has supervision over the hospitals that something should be done for merchant seamen who are injured on service. I know one who was in hospital in Sydney for four months *with a fractured vertebra and both legs broken. He was in hospital there for four months, a long distance away from home, and while in hospital there he got no pay and allowances, no compensation-nothing. He
wrote to everyone he could think of for help of some kind but the answer was always the same-there is no provision. Whether he will get any pension or not when he leaves the hospital is still being probed.

Topic:   WAR APPROPRIATION BILL
Subtopic:   PROVISION FOR GRANTING TO HIS MAJESTY AID FOR NATIONAL DEFENCE AND SECURITY
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