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Nelson tries bury findings of Defence Management Review.



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MEDIA RELEASE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY

Joel Fitzgibbon MP

Shadow Defence Minister

5 April 2007

NELSON TRIES TO BURY FINDINGS OF DEFENCE MANAGEMENT REVIEW

Minister Nelson is so embarrassed by the findings of the independent Defence Management Review that he has issued this major report late on Thursday before the Easter break.

And he is right to be embarrassed as the report highlights out the dysfunctional relations between the Minister, his staff and defence planners and managers.

The wide ranging criticism of management within the portfolio is something for which the Minister must be held responsible.

The defence budget is in crisis, the capability plan for major defence purchasing is in tatters, and now the report confirms that the relationship between the Minister, his staff and defence managers and planners is dysfunctional.

Minister Nelson can run but he can’t hide.

Contact: Joel Fitzgibbon 0418 293 372 www.joelfitzgibbon.com Brendan Long 0408 421 447