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; PETER W H TE Μ Pi Federal Member for McPherson' SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE D87/88

MEDIA RELEASE COMMONWEALTH PARLIAMENTARY LIBRARY MIC AH

21 October 1988

VISITING BRITISH WARSHIPS

Today's statement by the British High Commission clearly indicates that there is a great deal of concern on the part of the British Government in view of recent events relating to the visiting British warships.

This concern is shared by the US Government.

This is entirely understandable, as recent events have cast doubt on Australia's reliability as a member of the Western Alliance.

The Australian Government must now move to ensure that visiting warships from allied countries are able to be berthed, repaired and replenished in Australian ports regardless of what attitude some of the Australian unions might take.

The eventual acquisition of Naval tugs is only part of the answer. The matter of repairs and replenishment to visiting ships must also be addressed, and addressed quickly before more damage is done to our Defence relationships.

Mr Peter White, For further information please contact Shadow Minister for Defence, (075) 324327.

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