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Study of Australian Defence Industry



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STUDY OF AUSTRALIAN D E F E N D INDUSTRY

The Defence (industrial) Committee would undertake a

major study of the defence capability of Australian industry,

the Minister for Defence, Mr D.J. Iiillen, announced today.

The Defence Industrial Committee is chaired by Sir Ian

McLennan, with members drawn from industry and senior military

and civilian defence officers.

Mr Killen said th:;t the study would take about

12 months. .

It was some years since a complete examination had been

undertaken of the ability of industry to meet the known and

projected requirem·'nts of the defence forces although studies

had been made of individual industries.

The industry membership of the Defence (industrial)

Committee had b e m enlarged to enable an adequate breadth of

coverage of industry. Industry representatives who had accepted

appointments attended a meeting in Canberra today to launch the

study. They were:

Mr J.A.L. Hooke, Chairman of AWA (Australasia) Ltd.,

Mr J.H. Leard, Managing Director of Australian National

Industries,

Mr B.T. Loton, Executive General Manager, Steel Division

of BHP P t y . Co. Ltd.,

Mr U.D. McPherson, Chairman of McPhersons Ltd.,

Mr J.U. U t z , Managing Director of Wormald International

Ltd., and '

Mr D.R. Zeidler, Chairman and Managing Director of ICl

Australia Ltd.

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