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Tuesday, 9 October 1973
Page: 1808


Mr Garland (CURTIN, WESTERN AUSTRALIA) asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice:

(1)   What was the strength of the Australian Army as at(a) 31 March 1972, (b) 30 June 1972, (c) 30 September 1972, (d) 31 December 1972, (e) 31 January 1973 and (0 28 February 1973.

(2)   What number has been set as the number of regulars needed.

(3)   What is the predicted strength as at (a) 31 March1973, (b) 30 June 1973, (c) 30 September 1973 and (d) 31 December 1973.


Mr Barnard (BASS, TASMANIA) (Minister for Defence) - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   Regular Army Volunteer Strength (including Women's Services and CMF on full-time duty but excluding national servicemen, Pacific Islanders and illegal absentees).

 

(2)   and (3) As I announced on 22 August 1973, the Regular Army volunteer strength will be kept at some 31,150 during1973-74. Regular Army volunteer strength as at March 1973 was 30,694 and as at 30 June 1973 was 31,151.







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