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Tuesday, 26 October 1971
Page: 2551


Mr Barnard asked the Minister for the

Army, upon notice:

Will he bring up to date the information contained in answerto question 765 (Hansard, 18th August 1970, page111).


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

(1)   As at 25th August 1971, there were '550 members of the Citizen Military Forces in Papua and New Guinea.

(2)   This comprised of 387 indigenes and 163 expatriates.

(3)   (a) Officers.

(1)   indigenes - 1

(2)   expatriates - 49

(b)   Other ranks:

(1)   indigenes - 386

(2)   expatriates - 114

(4)   Pacific Islander members of the Citizen Military Forces receive rates of pay equivalent to the appointment/enlistment or promotion rate applicable to the regular Pacific Islander soldier. Expatriates receive the same rates as indigenes plus an expatriate allowance which, in effect, brings expatriate rates up to the same level as received by mainland Citizen Military Forces members.

(5)   The amounts paid to members of the Citizen Military Forces in Papua and New Guinea for the financial years 1969-70 and 1970-71 are as follows:

 

(6)   There is only one Citizen Military Force unit in the Territory - the Papua and New Guinea Volunteer Rifles. It has 525 members. The headquarters of the unit and A Company are located at Lae and other elements are located at Rabaul, Madang, Goroka, Banz, Mount Hagen, Wewak and Port Moresby. In addition to the 525 members of the PNGVR there are 25 members of the Citizen Military Forces located in the Territory who are posted as follows: 21 officers with Headquarters Papua and New Guinea Command; 1 officer and I other rank with 19 Psychology Unit; 2 officers with Headquarters 35 Cadet Battalion.

(7)   The Papua and New Guinea Volunteer Rifles is organised and equipped on the same basis as Citizen Military Forces infantry battalions on the mainland. The unit is equipped with machine guns, mortars, anti-tank weapons and automatic rifles. However, the basic weapon is the LIAI 7.62 mm rifle.

(8)   Training depots are located in Port Moresby, Wewak, Rabaul, Lae, Goroka, Mount Hagen and Banz. Rifle ranges are located in Port Moresby, Madang and Wewak. Members of the Citizen Military Forces may attend schools and courses in Australia or at the Papua and New Guinea Training Depot at Goldie River. Coaching for Citizen Military Forces officer promotion examinations is conducted in conjunction with Australian Regular Army officers as arranged by Headquarters Papua and New Guinea Command.







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