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BILL TAYLOR IVLP FED FRA I M E M B E R FOR G R O O M .

T O O W O O M B A

IM ME DI A TE R EL E A S E 26/89 41/89

T A Y L O R A C T I N G SH AD O W M I N I S T E R

The Fe d er a l O p p o s i t i o n Leader Mr A n d r e w P e ac o c k has a p p o i n t e d Mr

B i l l T a y l o r , th e F e d e r a l M e m b e r for G r o o m , as a c t i n g Sh ad o w

M i n i s t e r for Defen ce Science and Pe rs on n e l , from later this week.

Mr T a y l o r w i l l a c t for S e n a t o r J o c e l y n N e w m a n w h o w i l l be

ov e r s e a s on defen ce bu siness in Namibi a, Eu r op e and India until

e a r l y in August. In add i ti o n Mr T a y l o r will ass um e the senior

D e f e n c e p o r t f o l i o for two we ek s in July du r in g S h ad o w Mi n i s t e r

Ca r l t o n ' s absence.

B e f o r e l e a v i n g T o o w o o m b a t o d a y for a D e f e n c e i n s p e c t i o n in

F r e m a n t l e W . A . Mr T a y l o r s a i d " I am h o n o u r e d to as s um e these

d u t i e s a f t e r o n l y f i f t e e n m o n t h s in t h e P a r l i a m e n t . I am

c o n f i d e n t t h a t my l o n g a n d e x t e n s i v e S e r v i c e b a c k g r o u n d and

e x p e r i e n c e as se c r et ar y of the O p p o s i t i o n D e fe n c e F o re i g n Af fai rs

a n d V e t e r a n s ' A f f a i r s C o m m i t t e e w i l l p r o v i d e a good basis on

w h i c h to c o m m e n t ."

"De sp it e what M i n i st er s B ea sle y and S i mm o n s are sayi ng m o r a l e in

the D e f e n c e F o r c e is at an a l l - t i m e low and the G o v e r n m e n t ' s

r e c e n t r e s p o n s e to the Joint P a r l i a m e n t a r y C o m m i t t e e Rep or t on

P e r s o n n e l W a s t a g e w a s v e r y d i s a p p o i n t i n g . There was too much

a g r e e m e n t in p r i n ci pl e or o u t r i g h t r e j e c t i o n of the C o m m i t t e e ' s

b i p a r t i s a n r e c o m m e n d a t i o n s r a t h e r t h a n s u b s t a n t i v e act io n to

arr e st the six year e ros ion of the D e f e n c e Force 's c o n d i t i o n s of

s e r v i c e . As a result, S e rv i c e m e n and w o m e n are v o t i n g wi th their

feet by c o n ti nu i ng to leave the forces in droves. Much of the

e x p e r t i s e being lost will take ma n y y ea rs to regain, p a r t i c u l a r l y

at the senior c o m m i s s i o n e d and non c o m m i s s i o n e d of f i c er levels."

"I w o u l d never q ue s t i o n the p r o f e s s i o n a l i s m of the ma n y c o m m it te d

a n d l o y a l S e r v i c e m e n a n d w o m e n , b u t it is c l e a r t h a t the

A u s t r a l i a n Defence Force is s u f f e r i n g from ' s t r e t c h ' in terms of

f i n a nc ia l and m a n p o w e r r e s o u r c e s . Mr B e a z l e y ma y have some high

pr o f i l e defence e q u i p m e n t runs on the b o a r d but he has, as would

app e ar to be the style of his G o v e r n m e n t , f o r g o tt e n about PEO PL E

in t h e p r o c e s s . H i s D e p a r t m e n t r e m a i n s t h e m o s t h i g h l y

p o l i ticised in the history of this N a t i o n ." concluded Mr Taylor.

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