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Defence Forces to be given a "Fair Go"



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NEWS RELEASE: STATEMENT BY THE HOH. A.J. FORBES, M C , MP OPPOSITION SPOKESMAN OH DEFENCE

DEFENCE FORCES TO BE GIVEN A 1 1 FAIR GO1 1

The Liberal Spokesman on Defence, Dr. Jim Forbes, said today, a Liberal/Country Party Government will give the Services a "fair go" and reaffirm their rightful place in the protection of the nation.

"Without adequate defence forces in peace and war, everything else is under cons.tant threat.

"¥e will ensure Australia has strong defences based on a volunteer force.

"We will not re-introduce conscription unless there is a., real and direct a threat to Australia· · . ' -

Dr. Forbes said, a Liberal/Country Party Government will improve the national image of the defence forces and the morale of Service personnel "which has fallen to an all-time low under Labor".

It will remove the causes of damaging resignations by experienced officers and other ranks.

"The drain of experienced and expertise from the Services has reached alarming proportions under Labor", Dr. Forbes said,

"We will introduce a continuous review of the conditions of service of both servicemen and servicewomen

"We will take into account the views of servicemen and ex-servicemen on ouch matters as Defence .Forces Retirement Benefit, and. conditions of service. ■··«-. ' . . c.

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May 13, 197^ Issued through the Federal Secret­

ariat of the Liberal Party of Australia.