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Thursday, 24 March 1966

Mr O'CONNOR (DALLEY, NEW SOUTH WALES) - I direct a question to the Prime Minister. Is he aware of the Morshead report which, it is claimed, recommended a unified command of the Australian armed forces? Is it not a fact that the principle of a unified military command has been adopted by such countries as the United Kingdom and Canada? Is the Prime Minister aware that a recent report states that the adoption of a unified military command has been responsible for greater efficiency and, at the same time, a reduction of expenditure in the Canadian armed forces? Will the Prime Minister give further consideration to this matter, and will he send a competent observer overseas to ascertain the effects of this system with the object of applying it to our own Services?

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