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Homosexuals in the Defence Forces



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Federal Member for Farrer

Leader of the National Party of Australia

Shadow Minister for Energy and Resources

IIM FISCHER M R

HOMOSEXUALS IN THE DEFENCE FORCES

Operational security should be the paramount factor in the decision relating to homosexuals in the Armed Forces, and I back the Chiefs on this.

Federal Leader of the National Party, Tim Fischer, said this today when commenting on the Labor Caucus decision to recommend lifting the ban.

"Members of Defence Units at Albury Wodonga, Cairns, Rockhampton, Townsville and Wagga Wagga have a right to be concerned about any decision which goes against the recommendations of the Defence Chiefs.

"Even in peace time, there are intense operational pressures and injuries, especially during demanding military exercises where accidents do happen," Mr Fischer added.

ENDS 18/9/92

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