It’s a great pleasure to be here today.
Before I spell out the Government’s priorities in the defence portfolio today, I would like to start by thanking Graeme Dunk and his team for the support your group provides to business.
Tomorrow’s eighth Singapore-Australia Joint Ministerial Committee (SAJMC) meeting will focus on ways to further strengthen our bilateral relationship with Singapore. The SAJMC has been held biennially since 1996.
Defence Minister David Johnston has praised as “exemplary” the professionalism and dedication of Australian Defence Force personnel serving at key military establishments at Darwin in the Northern Territory.
Assistant Minister for Defence Stuart Robert and Federal Member for Bass Andrew Nikolic today visited important Defence and research establishments in Northern Tasmanian to gain a better insight into the significant work undertaken to support the Australian Defence Force (ADF).
A key Abbott Government election pledge has been fulfilled with the announcement of the First Principles Review Team, an initiative designed to ensure Defence is fit for purpose and able to promptly respond to future challenges.
QUESTION: (inaudible)JOHNSTON: We’ll see how the full-cycle docking for HMAS Farncomb, the length of time taken and how successfully ASC can manage that will probably be the benchmark, that’s what we’ve got to wait on.
DEFENCE+INDUSTRY CONFERENCE 2014
ADELAIDE CONVENTION CENTRE
0910 HRS, 29 JULY 2014
His Excellency Shmuel Ben-Shmuel, Israeli Ambassador
The German Ambassador to Australia, Dr Christoph Mueller
Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert, today hosted a meeting with a delegation from the United States Department of Homeland Security to discuss collaboration on science and technology in support of national security.
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, the Hon Darren Chester MP, today welcomed Parliamentary approval of a $54.8 million project for facilities to support the introduction and sustainment of seven new CH-47 Chinook Helicopters.
The Parliamentary Standing Committee of Public Works has tabled the $131.1 million facilities upgrade of the Defence Terrestrial Communications Network, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence Darren Chester announced today.
Defence Minister David Johnston has hailed the forging of closer defence relations between Australia and China following his meeting with General Fan Changlong, Vice Chairman of the People’s Republic of China Central Military Commission.
The $1.477 billion New Air Combat Capability Facilities Project has been referred to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Public Works, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence Darren Chester announced today.