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MEDIA RELEASE

The Hon. John Moore, MP

Minister for Defence

 

Thursday 29 October 1998

MIN 203/98

 

Defence Ministers Sign New Defence Agreement

 

 

The Minister for Defence, John Moore, and New Zealand Minister for Defence, Max Bradford, have today signed t he Status of Forces Agreement .

 

The signing took place in the historic War Cabinet Room at Victoria Barracks in Melbourne.

 

The Status of Forces Agreement addresses issues that can arise during overseas visits by defence forces. The Agreement includes dispute resolution procedures, parameters of criminal jurisdiction, as well as operational procedures to manage the arrival and departure of visiting forces.

 

“Australia’s relationship with New Zealand is one of our longest standing and most important defence relationships, and this agreement is another significant symbol of our continuing defence ties,” Mr Moore said.

 

“The collaboration between Australia and New Zealand on the issue of the Bougainville peace initiatives and the 1998 ANZAC force sent to the Gulf are two recent examples of the strength of our defence relationship.

 

“In addition to short term visits, there are large numbers of defence personnel on reciprocal appointments in Australia and New Zealand.

 

“Both Governments recognise the importance of a formal arrangement like the Status of Forces Agreement . It is the result of concerted efforts on both sides of the Tasman and will enhance the level of co-operation between the defence forces of Australia and New Zealand,” said Mr Moore.

 

Further information on the Agreement is available from Peter Johnson at Defence Public Affairs in Melbourne, on 03 9282 6226 and 0418 399 780

 

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