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Australian New Zealand co-operation



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FRIDAY, AFRIl· 13, 1973

AUSTRALIAN NEW ZEALAND CO-OPERATION

No. 59/73

(Statement by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Defence, the Hon. L.H. Barnard, MP)

The Minister for Defence, Mr. Barnard, today

reported tangible evidence of strengthening defence co-operation

between Australia and New Zealand.

In a statement, released in Canberra, Mr. Barnard

gave details of the winding up of an exercise in New Zealand

involving the Sydney-based 5th Battalion, The Royal Australian

Regiment.

The statement said valuable experience had been

gained by all forces involved in the exercise - the first in

New Zealand in which a full Australian battalion had taken part.

The battalion is sailing for home today aboard HMAS

Sydney - due to reach Sydney next Monday (April 16).

Yesterday, the soldiers and the ship's company

marched through Auckland in a farewell parade similar to their .

march through Wellington on arrival, ten days ago.

· The people of Auckland gave an enthusiastic reception

to the march - the first by Australian servicemen in Auckland

for many years. .

The scene was impressive as helicopters from HMAS

Sydney hovered over the column of soldiers and sailors in their

khaki and white uniforms.

The combined band of 5RAR and HMAS Sydney the soldiers

in scarlet and the sailors in white - played Waltzing Matilda as

the column passed the saluting dais.

The farewell march ended a fast moving fortnight in

which the Australian servicemen took part in sporting competitions

against the New Zealanders and visited several major tourist

attractions, as well as marching through two cities and braving

the highlands of New Zealand's North Island for the exercise

proper, at Waiouru.