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Notice given 20 November 2003

2385  Senator Marshall: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) How many servicepersons and ex-servicepersons are currently awaiting delivery of war and/or service medals; and can these figures be provided by type of medal.

(2) How many medals earned by servicepersons and ex-servicepersons are currently awaiting approval.

(3) How many medals earned by servicepersons and ex-servicepersons have been approved but are currently awaiting delivery to recipients.

(4) How many medals have been delivered to servicepersons/ex-servicepersons in: (a) the past 12 months; and (b) the past 6 months.

(5) With regard to individuals who are in poor health:  (a) is approval and delivery of medals accelerated in any way for these people; (b) what circumstances would enable the acceleration of approval and delivery of war service medals; and (c) how many medals have been approved and delivered via this process: (i) in the past 6 months, and (ii) in the past 12 months.

(6) With regard to persons whose medal approval and delivery is being accelerated: (a) how many people are in this category; and (b) of these, how many people are awaiting medals that have been approved but not yet delivered.

(7) (a) How many medals are currently being dealt with in an accelerated manner, and of these: (i) how many are awaiting approval, and (ii) how many have received approval but are yet to be delivered to recipients.

(8) How many persons have died awaiting receipt of war and/or service medals.

(9) How many persons have died while awaiting receipt of war and/or service medals, approval and delivery of which was being accelerated because of ill-health.

(10) How many medals are yet to be delivered to families of deceased ex-servicepersons.

(11) What area of the department now has responsibility for war and/or service medals; and when, and for what reasons, did this change.

(12) How many personnel are employed in this current area of the department.

(13) How does this number differ from the previous arrangement.

(14) What was the Commonwealth’s expenditure on this area of the department for each of the following financial years: (a) 2001-02; and (b) 2002-03.

 2386  Senator Marshall: To ask the Minister for Justice and Customs—In relation to a national firearms safety training program:

(1) What steps have been taken by the Commonwealth to give effect to resolution 20 of the Australian Police Ministers Council’s meeting held in November 2002.

(2) What progress has been made in giving effect to this resolution.

(3) What further steps are planned to complete the implementation of this resolution.