I thank the Member for Clark and the Member for Kennedy for moving this motion.
I well know their keen interest in this matter – and it is an interest that I share.
It is an interest that many Australians share.
The Morrison Government’s continued support for Australia’s defence industry has been underlined by the awarding of $837,000 in grants to six Australian small businesses to boost their competitiveness on the world stage.
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Being a good neighbour has never been more important.
Regional military modernisation is increasing.
Disruptive technologies are emerging.
Strategic competition is intensifying.
Of course, a lot of this is not new.
Preparation for the Royal Commission into Defence and Veteran Suicide has moved into the next phase.
Over the past month I have had discussions with hundreds of veterans, serving members and families across the nation.
The Morrison Government’s pledge to ensure the benefits of its investment in Defence capability flow to Aussie businesses is gaining momentum, with three local companies awarded contracts totalling more than $800,000 to support the Hunter class frigate program.
Joint media release
Member for Lyne, The Hon David Gillespie
Defence is partnering with Australian companies to strengthen maritime research skills by delivering a new regional Australia-built defence science research vessel.
Good afternoon ladies and gentlemen.It’s great to be here today for the Defence Connect Budget Lunch…After my good friend and colleague the Treasurer delivered yet another historic Budget to drive our economic recovery.
MAJOR General Natasha Fox, AM, CSC will be appointed as the Deputy Chief of Army inJanuary 2022. After an outstanding career in a variety of key strategic roles, Major GeneralFox is set to become Australia’s first female Deputy Chief of Army.
Ladies and gentlemen, it is an honour to open the second National Defence Industry Skilling and Workforce Summit.
While COVID continues to keep us apart – the upside is that we’re all becoming more skilled in online presentations.