TOM TILLEY: Australia has about 300 personnel in Iraq and in just a few days, HMAS Toowoomba will depart for a monitoring mission in the Straits of Hormuz. Defence Minister Linda Reynolds joins us from Canberra. Minister, thank you so much for joining us. Donald Trump says Iran appears to be standing down. What's your take?
LUKE GRANT: As you know, there's been an attack today in the Middle East on some US bases. We understand from US President Trump via social media, he'll respond and speak to the American people sometime over the next several hours. In the meantime, I guess for Australia it's a bit of a waiting game, or is it?
SENATOR THE HON LINDA REYNOLDS CSC, MINISTER FOR DEFENCE
GENERAL ANGUS CAMPBELL, AO, DSC, CHIEF OF THE DEFENCE FORCE
LIEUTENANT GENERAL GREG BILTON, AM, CSC, CHIEF OF JOINT OPERATIONS
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Alex Hawke: Thank you and good morning everyone. Thank you for that very warm welcome from Minister Inia Seruiratu, Minister for Defence, National Security and Foreign Affairs. Thank you to the acting Commander of the Navy, Commander Marika Vosawale, I appreciate your words. To the Acting Commander of the Republic of Fiji Mil
LINDA REYNOLDS: Thank you very much. It is a pleasure to be here in Washington DC, my first visit as the Australian Minister for Defence. It is a particular pleasure to have been able to address the Hudson Institute today on an Australian vision for the future of the Australia-US Alliance in a contested world.
OLI PETERSON: Tomorrow, Australia’s Defence Minister Linda Reynolds will be heading to the United States to visit her United States counterpart.This will be her first visit as Defence Minister. She will meet Secretary Mark Esper. She can tell you more, she joins us live on the radio this afternoon – hello Minister.
OLI PETERSON: Linda Reynolds is the Defence Minister and she joins you and me on Perth Live. Good afternoon.
LINDA REYNOLDS: Good afternoon, Oli. It’s great to be back with you.
OLI PETERSON: Should the Government condemn Turkey’s invasion of Northern Syria?
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LEIGH SALES: Minister, welcome to 7.30.
LINDA REYNOLDS: It’s great to be with you, Leigh.
LEIGH SALES: You said today that joining this mission is about de-escalating tension in the region. Doesn’t adding military assets and personnel there threaten to do the exact opposite?