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Thursday, 27 June 1946

Sir EARLE PAGE (COWPER, NEW SOUTH WALES) - Can the Minister for the Navy explain why members of the Royal Australian Naval Reserve do not receive discharge certificates on demobilization as do members of the Australian Imperial Force and Royal Australian Air Force? I have received a letter from one man stating that he was constantly in combat zones from the cessation of his initial training until the hostilities ended, and that he is one of the few Australian veterans of the Russian convoys. He adds that since returning to civil life he has found a constant need for a certificate of discharge. He refers to the impossibility of carrying on his person the papers mentioned in the following memorandum from the Naval Staff Office:-

With reference to your discharge from the Royal AustralianNaval Reserve, forwarded herewith are your Certificate of Service, Submarine Detector History Sheet, Gunnery History Sheet, and Torpedo History Sheet.

You are advised that this certificate of service constitutes the only official discharge paper that you will receive on your discharge from H.M.A. naval service.

Is it possible to issue a small discharge certificate similar to those issued by the Army and the Royal Australian Air Force?

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