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Thursday, 16 September 1971
Page: 1501


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for the

Army, upon notice:

(1)   How many soldiers in Vietnam have in February and each succeeding month incurred disabilities described in successive lines of the first column of the Fourth and Fifth Schedules of the Repatriation Act (Hansard. 16th March 1971, page 958).

(2)   How many soldiers have been (a) killed and

(b)   Injured by mines and booby-trap incidents since 12th July 1965.


Mr Peacock - The answer to the honour able member's question is as follows:

 

(2)   The definition of the word 'mine' encompasses explosives rigged as booby-traps. Records of mine casualties do not therefore differentiate between the two types.

Since 12th July 1965 seventy-eight Australian soldiers have been killed by mines or booby-traps and five hundred and eighty-nine have been wounded of whom seventeen subsequently died of wounds.







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