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Oppposition wrong on Defence public affairs.

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MEDIA RELEASE The Hon. Peter Reith, MP Minister for Defence


28 Mar 2001 MIN 73/01





The Shadow Minister for Defence asked a question in Parliament today relating to an enhanced "super military public affairs organisation."

I am today advised that last week the Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) did consider a proposal to alter the mix of the military public affairs capability in the Department of Defence.

The proposal came about because of lessons learnt in Australia’s successful deployment to East Timor as part of the INTERFET force. It was realised that Defence Public Affairs resources were not adequately geared to meeting the needs generated in a military style operation.

For example, the defence public affairs personnel in East Timor provided support for more than 300 Australian and foreign journalists wishing to cover Australian defence Operations.

The proposal essentially provides for more militarily trained public affairs officers.

It does not involve any additional funding, and will not affect the delivery of any of the White Paper commitments.




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