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Wednesday, 8 November 1967

Mr Daly asked the Minister for Labour and National Service upon notice:

1.   How many applications for exemption from National Service training have been made since the commencement of the scheme?

2.   How many of these applications have been (a) granted and (b) rejected?

3.   How many of those applications which were granted were from conscientious objectors?

Mr Bury - The answer to the honourable member's questions is as follows:

Persons subject to a prescribed physical or mental disability, theological students, ministers of religion and members of religious orders and those who satisfy a court that they hold conscientious beliefs which do not allow them to engage in any form of military service are exempt from liability to render national service.

The status of registrants believed to be entitled to exemption other than on grounds of conscientious beliefs is determined administratively on the basis of acceptable certification. No formal application for a certificate of exemption which is determined by a court has been received. At 30th June 1967, 429 had been exempted or were under consideration for exemption for prescribed disabilities and 241 on religious and theological grounds. As to comparable figures regarding total exemption on the ground of conscientious beliefs, 468 applications had been made, 78 were withdrawn or not proceeded with, 161 were granted total exemption, 82 exempted from combatant duties, 52 refused and. 95 remained to be determined.

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