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Monday, 22 March 2004
Page: 26875

Mr Martyn Evans asked the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 24 November 2003:

(1) Can he advise why Mr W.K.L. Chappell of South Australia was recently refused the issue of the Australian Service Medal (ASM) with Clasp SE Asia in respect of his RAAF service with 478 Squadron at Butterworth Air Base in Malaysia from 17 December 1974 to 15 February 1977.

(2) Is he aware that Mr Chappell has two qualifying periods of service, the other being from December 1965 to December 1968 and that his two periods of service were for different reasons.

(3) Is he aware that the ASM 1945-75 and the ASM post 1975 are for two different times.

(4) Will he review this veteran's application to ensure he receives his appropriate awards.

Mr Brough (Minister for Employment Services and Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable member's questions are as follows:

(1) (2), (3) and (4) Mr Chappell has written previously to me concerning this matter and a response was provided to him. If Mr Chappell wishes to disclose this information to Mr Evans, then he should do so.