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Tuesday, 11 April 1972
Page: 924

Senator WRIEDT asked the Minister representing the Minister for the Army, upon notice:

Are any National Servicemen currently serving in the Territory of Papua New Guinea; if not, have any National Servicemen been told they will tec service in the Territory before long; if so, for what specific reason are they to be sent.

Senator DRAKE-BROCKMAN - The Minister for the Army has povided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

As at 26th January 1972 the numbers of National Servicemen serving in Papua New Guinea were as follows:

(a)   Officers 20.

(b)   Other Ranks 56.

Included in these figures are 4 Officers and 47 Other Ranks serving as teachers in the Royal Australian Army Education Corps. The remaining National Servicemen are employed on various military duties.

It is expected that National Servicemen will continue to serve in Papua New Guinea as they are likely to do in other areas where Army units of which they form part are normally stationed.

Some National Servicemen at present servingin Australia may therefore have been told that they may be posted to Papua New Guinea as replacements for those currently serving there.

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