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FOR PRESS DEFENCE H i. NO. 3 6 2 /7 0

SUNDAY. 28TH JUNE, 1970

APPOINTMENT OF DEFENCE LEGAL SERVICES COMMITTEE OF REVIEW (S ta te m e n t by th e M in is t e r f o r D e fe n c e , t h e Hon. M alcolm

F r a s e r , M . P . ) ' ’

The l e g a l s e r v i c e s o f t h e Navy, Army and. A ir F o r c e

and o f th e d ep a r tm e n ts i n t h e D e fe n c e Group o f D epartm ents a r e

t o b e r e v ie w e d . .

The M in is t e r f o r D e fe n c e , Mr. M alcolm F r a s e r , to d a y

announced t h a t he had a p p o in te d a ·com m ittee t o exam ine c l o s e l y

a l l a s p e c t s o f t h e s e l e g a l s e r v i c e s . P r o f e s s o r II. W hitm ore,

P r o f e s s o r o f Law a t th e A u s t r a lia n N a t io n a l U n i v e r s i t y and a

member o f t h e Commonwealth A d m in is t r a t iv e R ev iew C om m ittee, h a s

b e e n a p p o in te d Chairman and Mr. F . J , Mahony, D eputy Crown _

S o l i c i t o r f o r t h e Commonwealth in Sydn ey, and Mr. G.P. Temme,

C h ie f E x e c u t iv e O f f ic e r ( L e g a l) o f t h e D epartm ent o f D e fe n c e ,

h ave b een a p p o in te d as members.

Mr. F r a s e r s a i d t h a t t h e com m ittee had been g iv e n '

V7ide term s o f r e f e r e n c e w h ich r e q u ir e d i t t o r e p o r t on t h e

o r g a n i s a t i o n s , a rra n g em en ts and p r o c e d u r e s n e e d e d t o m eet p r e s e n t

and f u t u r e n e e d s o f th e D ep artm en ts and t h e Armed S e r v i c e s .

The C om m ittee h as a l s o been a sk e d t o lo o k s p e c i f i c a l l y

a t t h e q u e s t io n o f t h e r e c r u itm e n t and t r a i n i n g o f l e g a l l y

q u a l i f i e d p e r s o n n e l in t h e S e r v i c e s . .

Mr. F r a s e r added t h a t he e x p e c te d t h a t t h e c o m m itte e

w ou ld s e e k and r e c e i v e v ie w s o f i n d i v id u a ls end grou p s who a r e

i n t e r e s t e d i n t h e m a tte r s w it h in t h e c o m m itte e 's term s o f r e f e r e n c e .

F a r t h e r E n q u ir ie s : D ir e c to r o f P u b lic R e l a t i o n s

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