Defence association supports audit

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http://www.theaustralian.news.com.au/common/story_page/0,5744,18113633%5E1702,00.html

LABOR'S call for an audit of the agency that buys combat clothing for Australian troops has been supported by the Australia Defence Association.

The Australian reported today that defence department documents revealed the troops, including the elite SAS, have had their safety compromised because of defective body armour, combat jackets and helmets.

Opposition defence spokesman Robert McClelland said a full audit of the Defence Material Organisation (DMO), which buys the combat gear, is needed.

Neil James, executive director of the Australia Defence Association, said an audit of the DMO would be helpful.

"Even if only to restore public confidence, but also to a fair extent, to help with the confidence of the troops we're deploying," Mr James said on ABC radio
http://www.theage.com.au/news/national/troops-gear-not-faulty/2006/02/11/1139542436968.html

Troops' gear 'not faulty'

Defence Minister Brendan Nelson has rejected a report that Australian troops in Iraq and Afghanistan are being put at risk by defective gear, including helmets.

Dr Nelson said Australian troops would never be deployed without the proper equipment.

"The Chief of the Defence Force, Air Chief Marshal Angus Houston, has advised me that the troops have told him that they are the best equipped they have ever been," Dr Nelson said in a statement today.

"We would not deploy troops on operations without the best available clothing and equipment."

Today's Australian newspaper said defence department documents revealed the troops, including the elite SAS, have had safety compromised because of defective body armour, combat jackets and helmets.

Dr Nelson also said opposition claims the government was not spending enough on equipment were wrong.

Opposition defence spokesman Robert McClelland said a full audit was needed of the agency charged with buying combat clothing.

"Literally, the broom needs to go through the office of the Defence Material Organisation," Mr McClelland told ABC radio today.

"I think a full audit of its contracting and procurement practices in respect to basic equipment for our serving men and women.



http://www.ada.asn.au/

Founded in Perth in 1975 by a retired air force chief, a leading trade unionist and the director of a business peak body, the Australia Defence Association (ADA) has long been Australia’s only truly independent, non-partisan and community-based public interest guardian organisation and ‘think-tank’ on defence and wider national security issues.
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