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Thursday, 18 September 2003
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Ms O'Byrne asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 11 August 2003:

(1) How many Tasmanians are currently enlisted in the Australian Defence Force.

(2) How many Tasmanians have enlisted in the Australian Defence Force since 1990.

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) It is not possible to determine an accurate figure for the number of Tasmanians currently serving in the Australian Defence Force (ADF). For example, the state of birth and the state of enlistment may differ. State of enlistment has not been recorded by the Navy since July 2002, nor by the Army or Air Force since February 2002.

It is estimated that the number of Tasmanian personnel currently serving in the ADF is between 2,000 and 2,500.

(2) Since electronic recruiting records were commenced on 22 January 1991, 4031 Tasmanians have been enlisted in the ADF. The database that holds this information is used to match recruiting targets against achievement on a state-by-state basis.