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Monday, 1 December 2003
Page: 23267

To the Honourable the Speaker and Members of the House of Representatives assembled in Parliament:

The Petition of certain citizens of Australia draws to the attention of the House:-

That in the issuing of a Commemorative Medal for National Service for periods of ninety days and two to three years part time service in the Citizens Military Force or six months service in the Royal Australian Navy or Royal Australian Air Force in the period 1951 to 1959 and the two year National Service Scheme 1965 -1972, discriminated against the many thousands of service men and women of the Australian Defence Force who have served and will continue to serve voluntarily either full-time or part-time in the defence of our great Nation during the period 1946 to the current present dray, many of whom trained national servicemen and have received no medal recognition.

Your Petitioners pray that the House will see fit to do the honourable thing and institute a medal for two years full-time or part-time service in the Australian Defence Force from 1 January 1946 to the present and future servicemen and women who serve and protect our Nation.

by Mr Leo McLeay (from 21 citizens)