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Notice given 29 October 2003

2335  Senator Bartlett: To ask the Minister for Defence—

(1) How many applications to join the Australian Defence Forces were received in the 2002-03 financial year; and of these, how many: (i) were withdrawn by the applicant, (ii) were rejected, (iii) were successful, and (iv) remain unresolved.

(2) For each arm of the Defence forces, can statistics be provided about the average time period between an application to join and an affirmative or negative decision.