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Thursday, 7 May 1970

Mr Scholes asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(1)   Row many Australian Servicemen have died in Vietnam.

(2)   What were the major causes of death.

(3)   How many Servicemen were killed by other than direct enemy action.

Mr Malcolm Fraser (WANNON, VICTORIA) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   As at 17th April 1970 there have been 409 fatal casualties among Australian servicemen in Vietnam.

(2)   The major causes of death were multiple fragmentation wounds and gunshot wounds.

(3)   Sixty-eight were killed by other than direct enemy action; of these 23 were battle casualties and 45 were non-battle casualties. The nonbattle casualties comprised aircraft accidents, mishaps with guns and mines, other accidents and fatal illnesses.

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