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Tuesday, 11 February 1986
Page: 119

(Question No. 690)

Senator Bolkus asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice, on 26 November 1985:

(1) Are Mr Henderson of the CAI and Sir William Keys of the RSL both members of the 18 person National Consultative Committee of the International Year of Peace.

(2) Have both these people recently lent support to the PADEX 1986 Defence Show by having their organisations publicly support such an exhibition.

(3) Does support for such an exhibition in the International Year of Peace indicate a position diametrically opposed to the purposes of the celebrations.

(4) Will the Government remove these 2 people from the Consultative Committee in view of this conflict of interest.

Senator Gareth Evans —The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

(1) Yes.

(2) Sir William Keys lent support to PADEX '86 in his official capacity as National President of the RSL. I understand that the Confederation of Australian Industry (CAI) also supported the exhibition.

(3) The membership of the National Consultative Committee on Peace and Disarmament represents a broad range of community groups which have demonstrated a concern for peace and disarmament and which all have a contribution to make in raising community awareness of the IYP. It is to be expected that individual members of the Committee will have different points of view on the best means to achieve peace and disarmament and therefore also on such issues as the holding of the PADEX 1986 Defence Exhibition. The terms of reference for the Committee do not exclude its members holding such views.

(4) In view of the answer to (3) above, the question of removing people from the Committee does not arise.