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Tuesday, 20 November 1973
Page: 3566

Mr Bonnett (HERBERT, QUEENSLAND) asked the Minister for Navy, upon notice:

(1)   What was the number of discharges of Navy personnel from 7 December 1972 to 31 August 1973 in each of the following categories:

(a)   Termination of service engagement,

(b)   on retirement,

(c)   at own request,

(d)   medical, and

(e)   for disciplinary reasons.

(2)   What was the number of accepted enlistments for the Navy during the same period?

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

(1)   Statistical records of Navy personnel are kept on a monthly basis only. Therefore, the following figures show the number of discharges during the period 1 December, 1972 to 31 August, 1973.

(a)   on termination of service engagement - 549,

(b)   on retirement - 22,

(c)   at own request- 487,

(d)   medical and death - 136,

(e)   for disciplinary reasons - 139, and

(f)   282 were discharged as unsuitable.

(2)   The number of accepted enlistments for the Navy during the same period is 1928. n.b. figures include the Maritime element of the Papua New Guinea Defence Force.

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