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The Minister of Lands, referring to a statement published recently that the Government was extending scant consideration to soldiers, and that no soldier could get land unless he had considerable funds or good backing, said that the Government had never made any distinction between men without means and those with limited means or with large sums of money. The only qualification required by Land Boards before approving of an application for land or financial assistance was that the man should have had som<i farming experience and should be in a position to make use of the land allotted to him. The Government had assisted over a thousand "settlers to acquire rural land, whilst «a considerable number of other men had been assisted to buy town residences. The Government 'had advanced to soldiers £1,536,000, and this sum did not include the amount spent in the purchase of land under the Land for Settlements Act afterwards proclaimed for ■soldiers' settlements.

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LAND FOR SOLDIERS., Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9603, 7 May 1919

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LAND FOR SOLDIERS. Ashburton Guardian, Volume XXXIX, Issue 9603, 7 May 1919

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