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Thursday, 18 September 2003
Page: 20600

Mr Edwards asked the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 1 August 2003:

(1) Is she aware that Mr Roger Severn, army number 513958 and whose date of birth is 03/03/1947, was a serving member of the CMF when he was conscripted.

(2) Is she also aware that Mr Severn, who opted to continue his CMF service for the prescribed period as an alternative to full-time national service, has now had his application for the National Service Commemorative Medal refused.

(3) On what basis was Mr Severn's medal refused.

(4) How many other serviceman in similar circumstances have been refused this medal.

(5) What steps are being taken to ensure that serviceman who have demonstrated an entitlement to medals are issued with those medals.

Mrs Vale (Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1) Yes.

(2) Mr Severn qualifies for the Anniversary of National Service 1951-1972 Medal (ANSM) and was approved for its issue on 21 August 2003. Medals are normally forwarded to recipients within three weeks of approval.

(3) There is no record held in the Directorate of Honours and Awards to indicate that Mr Severn has been formally advised of his ineligibility for the ANSM.

(4) Individuals in Mr Severn's situation are not refused an award of the ANSM.

(5) Where departmental records indicate, or individuals are able to demonstrate eligibility for the ANSM on application, they are issued with their medals.