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Tuesday, 16 May 1972
Page: 1707

Senator MULVIHILL asked the Minister representing the Minister for Defence, upon notice:

Is the existing command structure justified in the light of statements made by Air Vice-Marshal G. Hartnell at a recent Australian National University Defence Seminar.

Senator Sir KENNETH ANDERSON - The Minister for Defence has provided the following answer to the honourable senator's question:

The existing command structure of the Australian Armed Forces has developed out of experience to meet Australian requirements. It worked successfully in Vietnam and a joint force Commander has now been appointed for Papua New Guinea. It is not however a fixed or static structure. The Government is conscious that adjustments may be required from time to time and these would be made whenever necessary.

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