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Notice given 27 May 2002

346  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence—With reference to ex-service personnel pensions, where the person has passed away:

(1) What rules govern who is eligible to continue to receive the pension (or part thereof); that is, spouse and/or children or other beneficiaries.

(2) Is access to the pension entirely at the discretion of the ex-service person, for example, as set out in a will.

(3) Is there any discretion on the part of Defence as to who has access to the pension.

(4) In the case of a woman who was married to an ex-service person for 25 years and has been denied access to the pension because they separated prior to his death, what rules apply in terms of determining who has access to the pension.

347  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister representing the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence—

(1) Can a non-citizen ever join the Australian Defence Force (ADF); if so: (a) under what circumstances; and (b) do the same considerations apply in relation to each of the services; if not, can a non-citizen apply to join the ADF and subsequently apply for citizenship, pending a successful application.

(2) Is there any basis in Australian immigration law or immigration or defence policy for recognising non-Australian applicants to the ADF, successful or otherwise, as being in a special category or subject to particular considerations when applying for Australian citizenship.

(3) Do any of the services receive or accept people who have served in the defence forces of other countries; that is, lateral recruits.

(4) What are the labour agreement and employer nomination schemes (or similarly-titled schemes) that relate to special entry into Australia of prospective or actual recruits to the ADF.

348  Senator Evans: To ask the Minister for Defence—Can a copy of the Statement of Principles for Enhanced Cooperation in Matters of Defence Equipment and Industry which, came into effect on 17 July 2000, be provided.