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Ready reserve idea has not been throught through-Durack



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THE SENATE

SENATOR PETER DURACK, QC Deputy Leader of the Opposition in the Senate

Shadow Minister for Defence

READY RESERVE IDEA HAS NOT BEEN THOUGHT THROUGH — DURACK

The Government's Ready Reserve proposal has not been sufficiently thought through.

Today's Australian newspaper reports that the Government is seeking legal advice from the Attorney General's Department on when and where the Ready Reserves could be used.

The Shadow Minister for Defence, Senator Peter Durack, said that the fact the Government was looking at this issue now, on the eve of the Defence policy statement shows that the Ready Reserve proposal is ill considered and half-baked.

Is the Government seriously proposing to replace two regular Army battalions with the Ready Reserve when it has not even looked at the need for call-out legislation to mobilise the reserves?

This question should have been considered months ago.

The Government is pushing the Ready Reserve idea without having considered all the problems.

Moreover, the proposal does nothing to address the problems of the existing reserve.

The Opposition believes that more emphasis should be given to equipping and training the existing Reserve.

The existing Reserve have already demonstrated their commitment to Australian Defence, but the Government has completely ignored them.

The Government should be strengthening the existing reserve by providing them with more resources, and better defining their military roles. _____

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24 May 1991 (23)

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