KATIE WOOLF: Now earlier this week the Federal Government announced a $270 billion investment for Australia's defence. The Prime Minister, Scott Morrison, saying the country needs to prepare for a more dangerous post-COVID-19 world and an increasingly contested Indo-Pacific region.
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Thank you very much. Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen, and welcome back to Fleet Base West. I also acknowledge the Whadjuk people of the Noongar nation, the traditional owners of the land on which this extremely joyous occasion will be occurring today.
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A soldier’s first duty is to serve, whether that is overseas in a war zone or at home during a pandemic, and we have seen that first hand right now during COVID-19.