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Thursday, 11 November 1948

Mr CHAMBERS (ADELAIDE, SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister for the Army) - I thank the honorable member for having informed me this morning that he proposed to ask this question, because I am now able to supply the information he seeks. Approximately one-quarter of the number of men required for the Citizen Military Forces has been recruited since the campaign officially commenced on the 1st July of this year. The over-all requirement for the new citizen army is 47,903, and up to the 28th October, 12,047 recruits, or 24.5 per cent. of the total, had been enlisted. Victoria leads the other States with the highest percentage of enlistments as 4,122 or 28.8 per cent. of the quota of 13,939 set down for that State have joined up. New South Wales is next, with 4,566 enlistments, or 25.4 per cent. of the target figure of 17,390. Comparative figures for the other States are as follows: -

Western Australia - 3,630 required, 804 enlisted, or 21.8 per cent; South Australia - 4,272, 859, 19.7 per cent; Tasmania, - 1,848, 356,19.2 per cent.; Queensland-6,824, 1,340. 19.1 per cent.

Although there is a slight lag in enlistments in the less populous States compared with those in Victoria and New South Wales, recruiting to date is quite satisfactory. Recent publicity drives and Army exhibitions in the States have yielded good results, and have been responsible, no doubt, for improved weekly averages. If the present rate of enlistment is maintained, requirements for the Citizen Military Forces will be fulfilled in a little more than twelve months.

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