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MEDIA RELEASE

 

THE HON BRUCE SCOTT, MP

MINISTER FOR VETERANS’ AFFAIRS

MINISTER ASSISTING THE MINISTER FOR DEFENCE

 

 

NEW CADET MEDAL ANNOUNCED

 

Wednesday, 24 March, 1999

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Officers and instructors of the Australian Cadet Forces will be eligible for a new medal to recognise long service, the Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence, Bruce Scott, announced today.

 

“1 am pleased to announce that Her Majesty The Queen has approved a recommendation to establish a medal to recognise long service by officers and instructors of the Australian Cadet Forces,” Mr Scott said.

 

“This fulfils a 1996 Coalition election commitment to recognise this service.”

 

The Coalition election policy for the 1996 Federal election Veterans: For those who served included a commitment to establish “an award for recognition of long service to officers and instructors of cadets.”

 

“Long service by officers and instructors of cadets was recognised by a British medal until 1975,” Mr Scott said.

 

“In that year Australia replaced British long service medals with its own long service award, but no provision was made to recognise long service by officers and instructors of cadets by the way of an Australian medal.

 

“Establishment of a distinctive Australian medal will remedy this long standing oversight,” Mr Scott said.

 

Applications for the Medal are expected to be called for mid-year.

 

 

Media Contact: Michael Priebe on (02) 6277 7820 or mobile 0418 482 514.

 

 

 

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