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Joint statement issued by David Fairbairn and Allan McCready



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FOR PRESS DEFENCE PR Ho, 558/72"

3 Ρ,Μ. A.E.3.T., THURSDAY. -JUDY 27, 1972

(JOINT STATEMENT ISSUED A T THE CONCDUSION OF OFFICIAL ■ TALKS BETWEEN THE AUSTRALIAN MINISTER FOR DEFENCE, THE H ON, DAVID FAIRBAIKN, DEC MP, AND THE ΝΕνΓΖΕΑΤΑΝΤ) MINISTER-OF DEFENCE, THE HON. ' ·

“ ALLAN McCREADY, I-IP, 27 JULY 1972)

1. The Australian Minister for Defence, the Hon,

David Fairb&irn, DEC MP, visited New Zealand from 22 to 28

July. Mr. Fairhairn was accompanied by the Chairman of the

Australian Chiefs of Staff Committee, Admiral Sir Victor

Smith, KBE CB DSC.

2. In the official talks with the New Zealand Minister

of Defence, the Hon. Allan McCready, MP, the two Ministers

reaffirmed the need for close defence co-operation between

Australia and New Zealand. They agreed that in the present

changing strategic circumstances Australia and New Zealand

should review comprehensively the strategic and policy basis

of defence co-operation between the two countries. This review

is to include considera/tion of the strategic environment and '

individual and common defence objectives, and their impli­

cations for the defence interests and activities of the two

countries

3 - The two Ministers examined the question whether

some new consultative machinery was required to provide an

established forum at the official level for periodic discussions

of basic strategic assessments and defence objectives and

activities and to review progress in rega.rd to defence co­

operation. They agreed to the establishment of an Australian/

New Zealand consultative committee on defence co-operation.

Membership would comprise the Secretary of Defence and Chief of

Defence Staff of New Zealand, and the Secretary, Department of

Defence, and Chairman, Chiefs of' Staff of Australia, and where

basic strategic and policy questions involving their

responsibilities were under consideration, the two Secretaries

of Foreign Affairs- Other representation would be. added as

required. Frequency and timing of meetings would be determined

by the requirements for consultant ion. Visits and meetings .

between Ministers would continue to take place as necessary.

4. Mr. McCready warmly welcomed the Australian decision

to purchase 37 CT4 Airtrainer aircraft from New Zealand. The

two Ministers* agreed that the decision was a practical example '

of Australian/New Zealand co-operation in providing for the

needs of their armed forces. Mr. Fairbairn commented that he

had greatly enjoyed visiting Hamilton and examining the Airtrainer

at first hand,

5. ■ As well as official talks with the New Zealand

Minister of Defence, the Hon. Allan McCready, Mr. Fairbairn held

discussions with the New Zealand Prime Minister, the Rt. Hon.

J.R, Marshall, the Cabinet and the Defence Council .1 Hev .

also met with Mr. H. May, MP, representing the leader of the

Opposition. The discussions between Mr. Fairbairn and New

Zealand Ministers followed the recent consultations between the

New Zealand Prime Minister and the Australian Cabinet. The

discussions covered a wide range of defence matters of common

interest.and Mr. Fairbairn outlined aspects of recent strategic

thinking in Australia. During his visit Mr. Fairbairn also

addressed a meeting of the Institute of International Affairs on

Australia's strategic outlook and defence policy.

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Mr, Fairbairn.expressed his deep gratitude and

appreciation for the warm and hospitable reception he had

received in New Zealand, Both he and Mr, McCready stressed

the great value of continued periodic discussions at the

political level, such as the present talks.

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