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Tuesday, 28 August 1973
Page: 507

Dr Forbes asked the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

(1)   Did he, in answer to a question by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition directed to elicit whether one man was capable of handling all 5 Defence portfolios, say that the Moreshead Committee had recommended the system that the Government had introduced

(2)   If so, did the Moreshead Committee recommend the precise system which now exists.

(3)   In the interests of 'accuracy and also so that the House may be in a better .position to consider the detailed Government proposals. -for integration of the Defence Group of Departments when they are announced later in 1973, will he make public the Moreshead Committee Report.

Mr Barnard - The answer to the honourable member's question is as follows:

(1)   A central recommendation of the Moreshead Committee was that the Minister for Defence should have the pre-eminent authority for Departments in the Defence Group. My answer on 7 March this year to the question by the Deputy Leader of the Opposition about the ability of a single Minister to carry the responsibility for all the Defence Group Departments made clear that the Government has given effect to that recommendation.

(2)   and (3) I tabled the report of the Moreshead Committee in the House on 30 May last. The honourable member is in a position to examine the substance of that report and its recommendations.

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