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Tuesday, 12 November 2002
Page: 6170

Senator Mark Bishop asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 26 September 2002:

(1) (a) In which peacekeeping missions have Australian military forces participated since the end of World War II, either: (i) under the auspices of the United Nations, (ii) under multilateral arrangements, and (iii) under bilateral arrangements; (b) what was the period involved; and (c) how many personnel were engaged on each mission.

(2) Which missions were covered by: (a) Schedule 2; and (b) Schedule 3, of the Veterans' Entitlements Act 1986.

(3) For each mission covered by the Act, how many claims for disability compensation have been accepted at: (a) the general rate; and (b) the special rate.

(4) For each mission, how many lives were lost.

(5) (a) Which missions remain current; and (b) how many personnel are engaged.

(6) (a) How many missions involving Australian Defence Force service overseas have there been in the same period involving the delivery of humanitarian assistance; and (b) in each case, how many personnel participated.

(7) Service in which peacekeeping missions is eligible for the recently-announced certificates of appreciation to be issued to peacekeepers under the Saluting Their Service Program.

Senator Hill (Minister for Defence) —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

The information sought in the honourable senator's question is not readily available. To provide a complete response would require considerable time and resources and, in the interest of efficient utilisation of departmental resources, I am not prepared to authorise the expenditure of resources and effort to provide the information requested.