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tiEHG (\ELE4SETUESDAY, 7 -SEPTEMBER, 1982 NO. 140/82WIDE-RANGING DISCUSSIONS AT CDFS CONFERENCE .A wide range of topics bearing directly and indirectly on the development of a strong and effective Australian Defence Force was- covered in the annual conference of the Chief of Defence Force Staff which ended in Canberra this afternoon (Tuesday, September 7).The CDFS, Air Chief Marshal Sir Neville McNamara, said that this year's meeting had been especially useful in that it gave the 66 senior Service' and Defence Department officers attending the opportunity to meet and talk with the Ministers for Defence and Defence Support, and to hear the Ministers' views on major contemporary issues.Sir Neville said the conference had been extremely successful in enabling officers in the.higher echelons of defence from all over Australia to exchange views with their colleagues in Canberra."While all Chiefs of Staff from the CDFS downwards make every effort to get out into the Commands and talk with regional commanders and their civilian counterparts, the opportunity to get together in this kind of forum to discuss matters relating to Australian defence is invaluable," Sir Neville said.Issued by the Directorate of Public Relations, Department of Defence, Canberra ACT, 2600

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"It is an unrivalled opportunity to see where

we are heading and what is being done to develop an

effective Defence Force with proper support.

"In particular, it gives Service commanders,

as the men responsible for the training and operation

of the ADF, a chance to present their views on any .

deficiencies, to look at areas deserving greater attention,

and also to look at related matters which do not directly

affect operational efficiency but have an important

bearing on the support of the ADF."

Sir Neville gave the Department of Defence

Support as an example of a new subject which it was

important for delegates to learn about in terms of its

role and methods of operation.

-"At this early stage of the development of

the Department of Defence Support, it is important that

delegates should appreciate the vital role it will

play in ensuring the right sort of support for the

Services," the CDFS commented. .

Sir Neville said the visiting British Ministry

of Defence team's presentation on the Falklands conflict

had given the conference an appreciation cf the more

significant points of the operation and helped the

conference delegates to see where greater emphasis on

Service development and capability might be placed. .

The conference had paid special attention to

personnel matters, not only as they affected the proper

manning of the Services, but also as they concerned

the morale and motivation of the individual. Several

addresses had enabled the conference to focus on

possible areas of concern, the CDFS stated.

Sir Neville emphasised that the conference

was not confined to purely military topics. It had

also examined changes within comtemporary society, such

as the role of the media and the factors affecting the

interest of the media in defence.

Aspects of international, law of; war, and

especially the protection of civilians, had also provided

useful exchanges of information.

"Delegates will leave the conference a better

informed group of responsible people, and there will be

a better rapport and understanding between all those

working in the interests of Australian defence," Sir

Neville concluded.

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