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Friday, 24 August 1990
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(Question No. 96)

Senator Newman asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 19 July 1990:

(1) On 17 December 1989 it was reported that the defence chiefs were examining a voluntary national service type scheme; what has become of this study.

(2) When will the results of the study be available.

Senator Robert Ray —The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(1) I am not aware of a voluntary national servicetype scheme being under examination by the defence chiefs.

However present forms of Reserve service with the Australian Defence Force are under study with the broad aim of increasing the readiness and availability of Reserve forces to enhance our ability to counter credible contingencies that may arise in the shorter term.

An option is the creation of Ready Reserve Forces whereby volunteers would undergo an initial period of full-time service of about 12 months followed by periods of further full-time training in subsequent years to maintain their military skills.

(2) As the Study has not been completed I am not able to make a decision now on whether it should be made available publicly.