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Thursday, 30 April 1987
Page: 2393

(Question No. 5246)

Mr Tickner asked the Minister representing the Special Minister of State, upon notice, on 25 March 1987:

(1) Has the Minister's attention been drawn to the strong public support which exists for the introduction of an Australian Fire Service Medal which would be awarded to firemen, including bushfire fighters.

(2) When will the medal be awarded.

Mr Young —The Special Minister of State has provided the following answer to the honourable member's question:

(1) On Australia Day 1986, the Prime Minister announced the Queen had given approval in principle to the establishment of several new awards in the Australian honours system, including an Australian Fire Service Medal. Discussions on the design and criteria of the award are being held with representatives of the various fire services, including the rural bushfire brigades.

(2) It is anticipated the first awards will be made in 1988.