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N0fS REL64SE WEDNESDAY, APRIL 14, 1982 - NO. 45/82

‘ NEW SHIPPING DEFENCE COUNCIL FORMED

Senior executives of five Australian-flag

shipping organisations and senior naval officers

have formed the Australian Shipping Defence Council to

co-ordinate liaison between the RAN and merchant shipping

interests. . ■

Announcing the formation of the council today,

the Minister for Defence, Mr D;J. Killen, said the purpose

of the council was to provide a forum between the Navy and

those organisations which controlled and operated Australian

merchant shipping in times of peace in order to plan . Λ

for its safety and protection in times of threat, tension,

emergency and war.

Mr Killen said the council, which would normally

meet twice a year, would be under the chairmanship of the

Deputy Chief of Naval Staff. Merchant shipping representatives,

would be the Chairman of the Australian National Line,

the General Manager Transport of the Broken Hill Proprietary

Company Ltd., the Manager Director of Ampol Petroleum Ltd.,

the Chief General Manager of Howard Smith Industries P.ty Ltd. ,

and the Chief Executive of Bulkships Ltd.

Issued by the Directorate of Public Relations, Department of Defence, Canberra ACT, 2600"

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He said other Government departments might

be invited to attend when the council was discussing

questions of interest to them. The inaugural meeting

expected to be held in late May or early June.

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