Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Senator David Feeney today addressed the Defence Reserves Association National Conference at Keswick Barracks, Adelaide.
As the keynote speaker, Senator Feeney told the audience how he is constantly impressed by the technical skills and leadership that part time Defence personnel display.
“While I am impressed with the technical skills and leadership qualities of our part time Defence personnel, I am not at all surprised to find such an outstanding level of dedication and teamwork among our ADF," Senator Feeney said.
He also spoke on ‘total force’, the concept that both part time and full time Defence personnel must be fully integrated to effectively protect Australia’s national interests.
“Every element of the ADF and the Department of Defence must in all its efforts contribute to Australia’s Defence capabilities. The Government and the Australian people rightly expect that the expenditure of public funds delivers practical dividends,” Senator Feeney said.
“This means that the part time, or Reserve, elements of the ADF will not be mothballed under this Government.
"There is an enduring need to consistently review and refine the policies and practices of Defence to ensure value for money for the Australian people. This presents us with both challenges to manage and opportunities to capitalise on."
The theme of this year’s conference was ADF Reserves – maintaining momentum in testing times. As part of the day, a variety of speakers addressed the audience on Defence matters. More detail can be found here: www.dra.org.au.
MAJGEN Jim Barry, National President of the DRA: 0407 175 010
Jeffrey von Drehnen, Office of Senator Feeney: 0477 348 476
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