Minister for Defence - First Principles Review of Defence - Call for public submissions

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Senator the Hon David Johnston

Minister for Defence

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30 September 2014

On 5 August 2014, I announced the external panel who are conducting the First Principles Review of Defence.

The panel has been commissioned to ensure Defence is fit for purpose and able to respond to future challenges. The First Principles Review Team will make recommendations designed to ensure Defence’s business structures support the Australian Defence Force’s principal tasks out to 2030.

The external panel are seeking public submissions to inform the review. Mr David Peever, Chair of the external panel has noted that they will take into account all relevant submissions that have been lodged with the Defence White Paper 2015 and the Commission of Audit; consequently there will be no need to resubmit any of this information.

Along with Chair Mr David Peever, the panel is comprised of: Professor Peter Leahy, Mr Jim McDowell, Professor Robert Hill and Mr Lindsay Tanner.

Submissions can be lodged from 27 September 2014 and will close on 31 October 2014.

To make a submission, please visit the Department of Defence homepage at and navigate to the First Principles Review icon.

For more information email the First Principles Review secretariat at:

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Defence Media Operations (02) 6127 1999

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