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Thursday, 22 October 1964


Senator PALTRIDGE (Western Australia) (Minister for Defence) . - I am sorry, 1 cannot give the honorable senator the precise number. I am told it is about 4,000. He was correct in stating that about half are enlisted full time in the R.A.S.R.(O). I think that the honorable senator answered the query raised by Senator O'Byrne. The special reserve is to be changed to the supplement. That is provided for in the proposed new section 32 ( I .), which reads -

The Permanent Military Forces consist of four forces . . .

I would like to correct some information that I gave concerning the strength of the supplement. The R.A.S.R.(A) consists of 266 men, the R.A.S.R.(B) consists of 127 men, all officers, and the R.A.S.R.(O) consists of 1,685 men, which makes a total of about 2,000 men, not 4,000.

Clause agreed to.

Clause 16 (Organisation of Military Forces).







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