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WELLINGTON, March 31. The conference of repatriation delegates has reached decision on many important points, and a precis has been issued covering the business. It is pointed out the board.does not regard the matters considered as settled finally, but has sought to lay down a guiding principle. 1

In the case of men who have not been overseas certificates of leave in lieu of a discharge are to be deemed ' discharges for the purpose of the Repatriation Act; This will meet the'case ofthose applications held up by the Land Boards.

On the question of loans, the principle was affirmed that loans should be by way of repatriation and not as a reward for service. It was, resolved that where a loan up to £300 is made to establish an applicant in a business the loan should include any-necessary tools of trade. Preference will be given $o returned soldiers as far as possible in all paid positions in the Repatriation Department. It was resolved that the conditions respecting the repayment of loans shall be reconsidered at the end of two years.

It was decided, in connection- with underrate permits, that the Department is to make the wages up to £3 per week, exclusive of the pension, and that assistance shall be given to attend a University where a course of study has .been interrupted by military service. Where the applicant has not previously attended, but displays special aptitude the same assistance will be given.' . /

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REPATRIATION., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9574, 1 April 1919

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REPATRIATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9574, 1 April 1919

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