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Thursday, 9 December 1971
Page: 4537


Mr Whitlam asked the Minister for the Army, upon notice:

(1)   How many (a) regular and (b) national servicemen in Vietnam have incurred disabilities described in successive lines of the first column of the Fourth and Fifth Schedules of the Repatriation Act between June 1965 when the first Australian Battalion arrived in that country and November 1971 when Australian Forces withdrew from operations.

(2)   How many (a) regular and (b) national servicemen have been killed (i) in action and (ii) in accidents in that country between those dates.


Mr Peacock - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   The Army holds medical statistics, in the form sought, only from August 1969 to > 1st October 1971. To obtain the information in this form prior to August 1969 would involve detailed examination by medical officers of thousands of medical records. In view of this, and as the records are held in nine different locations, this is considered impracticable.

 

 

(2)   Of a total of 474 fatalities occurring in South Vietnam between July 1962 and November 1971, 472 were killed between June 1965 and November 1971. These consist of:

 







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