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Thursday, 25 October 1973
Page: 1512

Senator McLaren asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(1)   What was the total number of (a) embarkations of Australian troops in World War II, (b) enlistments in the Regular Army from 1962 to 1972, (c) National Servicemen 'called-up' during the operation of the ballot system, (d) National Servicemen actually accepted after being 'called-up' (e) Australian troops who actually served in Vietnam, and (f) Australian troops who actually served in Korea.

(2)   What was the break-down by religious denomination of the troops referred to in (1)(a), (b), (c), (d), (e) and (f) listing them as (a) Church of England, (b) Roman Catholic (c) Presbyterian, (d) Methodist, (e) Jewish, (f) Lutheran, and (g) others.

Senator Bishop (SOUTH AUSTRALIA) (Minister Assisting the Minister for Defence) - The answer to the honourable senator's question is as follows:

(   1 ) (a) Navy 37,06 1 , Army 396,66 1 , RAAF 122,5 1 7.

(b)   45,050 excluding national servicemen.

(c)   After application of the ballot 237,048 registrants remained liable for service, subject to eligibility for exemption or deferment and to meeting standards for service in the Army.

(d   ) The number called up and enlisted was 63,740.

(e)   Navy 2,858, Army 42,4 1 9, RAAF 4,443.

(f)   Navy 3,320, Army 10,657, RAAF. A precise figure is not available. It has been estimated that 475-500 RAAF personnel served in Korea.

(2)   The religious denominations of individual members are recorded on personal files. The manual task involved in extracting and collating this information by denominational groups is of such magnitude that I am reluctant to authorise the allocation of staff to undertake it.

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