AUCKLAND, May 5. The question of repatriation was discussed to-day by Brigadier-General G. S. Richardson, who arrived by the Reinuera. He sa,id the whole country
should unite in putting men back into then* old positions, just as it did to send them away to fight. The men did not want to be'spoon-fed- nor did they require anything to which they were not entitled, but it was essential that they should bo provided with the neces-sai-y opportunities of citizenship. They must have thorn, lief ore he left England he held a meeting of two hundred permanently disabled men, and he was deeply impressed at the keen interest they displayed in their future careers. Apparently their one desire was that they should be aif orded opportunities in New Zealand to tako up work suitable to their physical condition. The seriousness of the problem facing the country would be appreciated when it was realised that we had been sending men away for four and a-half years, and. we were now required as a duty to restore them to their former status in as many months.
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Ashburton Guardian, Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919
REPATRIATION. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9602, 6 May 1919
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