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Employer support for Reserve Forces



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A national program to boost employer support

for the Reserve Defence Forces was launched by the

Minister for Defence, Mr D.J. Killen, today.

At a luncheon in Canberra, attended by some of

Australia's largest employers, Mr Killen outlined the

program of the Committee for Employer Support of Reserve

Forces.

Mr Killen, supported by Mr Alan Edwards,

National Chairman of the Committee, urged those attending

to provide leadership for the rest of the nation's

employers.

Over the next three to four years, the

Committee will be aiming at obtaining positive support

from more than 50,000 employers.

An employer policy statement has been developed

and the Committee wants this statement incorporated into

the industrial relations policy of Australian employers.

. The policy statement calls upon employers to

encourage their employees to volunteer for service in

the Defence Force Reserves.

Time off for appropriate training is to be given

without interference with normal annual leave or with long

service and sick leave entitlements- .

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Major companies are being asked to use the

advertising material prepared by the Committee. A

logogram has been designed and Mr Edwards called upon

employers to incorporate the logo into their own

advertising„ . . .

The Australian Council of Trade Unions is

represented on the National Committee by Mr Edgar

Williams, National President.of the Australian Workers *

Union.

Other members of the national committee ·

include Major General J.M.L. Macdonald, a grazier from

the New England district of New South Wales and recently

retired Inspector General of Army Reserves; Major C.

Hoeben, a Sydney solicitor and a serving member of the

Army Reserve; Mr D. McAlister, representing the Department

of Defence; Captain J. Lancaster, Director Naval Reserves

and Cadets; Brigadier R. Burnard, Deputy Chief of the

Army Reserve; Group Captain R.E. Gillard, Director

Personnel Services, RAAF.

Committees are being formed in each State.

The State committees will include employers, unionists,

representatives from the RSL, CMF Association, Naval

Association and the RAAF Association.

Chairmen in the various States are: New South

Wales, Sir John Pagan; Victoria, Sir Bernard Callinan;

Queensland, Mr J.L. Amies; South Australia, Mr M. Tiddy;

Western Australia, Mr P. Firkins; Tasmania, Mr D. Gunn.

State programs will be launched during the

month of November.

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Mr Killen pointed out that the Reserve Forces

were a cost-effective way of maintaining an appropriately

sized defence force in time of peace. . .

Today he called upon employers to give

support to the program as a means of easing the burden

on the taxpayer.

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