Visit to Germany and the United Kingdom

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17 February 2023

The Minister for Defence Industry and Minister for International Development and the Pacific, the Hon Pat Conroy MP, is travelling to Germany and the United Kingdom from 17-23 February.

In Germany, he is representing Australia at the 59th Munich Security Conference, Europe’s leading global security forum, bringing together leaders from government, business and academia.

Minister Conroy will hold high-level talks with counterparts and defence industry representatives. It will be an opportunity to highlight Australia’s contributions to international security, to provide a strong Indo-Pacific perspective to discussions.

In the United Kingdom, Minister Conroy will have a series of high-level bilateral engagements across his portfolios, including with Minister of State for Defence Procurement, the Rt Hon Alex Chalk MP, and Minister of State for the Indo-Pacific, the Rt Hon Anne-Marie Trevelyan MP.

While in the UK, Minister Conroy will visit the BAE Shipyard at Barrow-in-Furness, to be briefed about the UK approach to developing the industrial base and workforce needed for the construction of nuclear-powered submarines.

Quotes attributable to Pat Conroy, Minister for Defence Industry and Minister for International Development and the Pacific:

“I look forward to discussing Australia’s perspectives on the Indo-Pacific at the Munich Security Conference and how we can work with like-minded partners to ensure an inclusive, secure and prosperous region.

“On the anniversary of Russia’s illegal and immoral invasion of Ukraine, I will reinforce Australia’s support for Ukraine and our efforts to promote stability and protect the rules-based order in Europe and the Indo-Pacific.

“Engaging with my UK counterparts is an opportunity to deepen our defence industrial collaboration, as we look ahead to developing new defence capabilities to strengthen our national security.”

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