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Tuesday, 7 October 2003
Page: 20728


Mr Edwards asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 2 June 2003:

(1) How many members of the CMF or Defence Reserve have served more than 6 years but less than 15 years since 1965.

(2) How many individual members of the Australian Defence Forces who have served in the following wars and conflicts have not claimed campaign medals or bravery awards to which they are entitled, (a) World War l, (b) World War 2, (c) Korea, (d) Malaya, (e) Borneo, and (f) Vietnam.

(3) What steps have been taken to contact these individuals or their next of kin to encourage them to do so.


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) This information is not readily available and would require significant departmental resources to research. I am not willing to authorise the diversion of departmental resources dedicated to processing applications for honours and awards, in order to research this information.

(2) Refer to part (1).

(3) The Federal Government's commemorations program, Saluting Their Service, honours the contribution of Australia's servicemen and women in war and conflict. Saluting Their Service, supports commemorative activities and educational programs so that Australians may learn about and acknowledge the events of out wartime years; the significance of those events in shaping our nation; and stories of people who experienced those years, their bravery and suffering. Importantly, the roles played by men and women in local communities throughout Australia in serving out nation can be acknowledged and promoted.

Saluting Their Service provides opportunities for communities, organisations and individuals to take an active role in commemoration and to ensure that the service of today's Australian Defence Force is properly recognised. Further information can be found on the Department of Veteran's Affairs website at www.dva.gov.au.