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Visit by Canadian National Defence College

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Monday, 4th March, 1968


(Statement "by the Minister for Defence, The Hon. Allen Fairhall, M.P. )

The Minister for Defence, Mr. Allen Fairhall, said today that a party from the Canadian National Defence College would be visiting Australia this week in the course of a study tour of Asia and the Pacific„

The group of 35, comprising students and members of the faculty and staff, will be led by the Commandant of the College, Major General F.S. Carpenter, AFC. The students are senior officers of the Canadian Armed Forces, Government departments and other

civilian agencies.

The Australian visit will include two days in Canberra from 6th to 8th March, when the party will be entertained at luncheon by the Minister for Defence, and have discussions with Australian Service and Government officials. Their programme in Canberra also includes

a seminar and luncheon with the staff and post-graduate students of the Department of International Relations of the Australian National University.

The College party will spend Saturday (9th March) in Sydney and will fly to Port Moresby on 1Oth March for a short stop-over, which will include a briefing by the Papua-New Guinea Administration on conditions in the Territory. They will travel to Tokyo on 11th March to continue their tour.

Mr. Fairhall added that the visit, which is the first by the College, was most welcome to the Australian Government and was a tangible demonstration of the close relations which existed between the two countries.

The Canadian National Defence College, which is located at Fort Frontenac, Kingston, Ontario, visits a number of countries each year. The visits to Australia and Papua-New Guinea are part of an Asian tour which will also take them to Pakistan, India, Thailand,

Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia and Japan.

' These visits are made in order to obtain a better picture

of the social, political and economic aspects of the countries as well as to learn something of the countries' foreign and defence .blicies.

The visits supplement the reading, lectures and group discussions which take place at the College and enable the course members to hear from people and to see things on the spot.

FURTHER ENQUIRIESs Director of Public Relations, Department of Defence, CANBERRA. A.C.T. 2600

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