KIM LANDERS: Well the Defence Minister is Marise Payne. She's in Japan with the Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, for high-level security talks which will focus on the heightened tensions over North Korea's missile and nuclear programs. She joins me on the line from Tokyo.
Minister Payne and I are in Tokyo at an opportune moment because we are to meet this afternoon with the defence and foreign affairs ministers on matters of bilateral significance and regional and global importance.
Minister for Defence Personnel Dan Tehan today paid tribute to Secretary of Defence Dennis Richardson AO who will retire on 12 May.
Mr Tehan said Mr Richardson had made an enormous contribution to Australia over his 48-year career in the public service.
Julie Bishop, Foreign Minister, Defence Minister Marise Payne currently in Japan for talks on regional security. There's a bit of talk, that sort of talk, about elsewhere as well. It's more important now than ever.
Minister for Foreign Affairs, the Hon Julie Bishop MP and Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne will visit Japan on 19 and 20 April to advance Australia’s relationship with our closest strategic partner in Asia and one of our most important economic partners.
In a collaborative project with Australian industry, the Royal Australian Navy is extending its use of simulation in training to ensure future electronic warfare sailors are equipped with the most advanced skills to successfully fight at sea.
Magill-based Supashock will receive a $468,887 commercialisation grant under the Entrepreneurs’ Programme to develop its dynamic suspension technology for armoured and protected defence vehicles produced by a major German manufacturer.
The Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, welcomed the announcement from the world’s largest aerospace company, The Boeing Company, that it is expanding its defence presence in South Australia.
BARRIE CASSIDY: Now next up, our program guest this morning to discuss the latest developments in Syria. We’re joined by the Defence Minister Marise Payne. Good morning, welcome.
MARISE PAYNE: Good morning. Good morning, Barrie.
As you know, on the 4th of April, the Syrian regime of Bashar al-Assad committed a shocking war crime against the people of Syria with a chemical attack at Khan Sheikhoun in Idlib Province.
The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today announced the creation of the Minister for Defence Visiting Fellowship in Women, Peace and Security at UNSW Canberra, located at the Australian Defence Force Academy.
MARISE PAYNE: It’s a great pleasure to be here this afternoon in Airlie Beach in Queensland with my colleague Michael Keenan, the Minister for Justice; with Senator Ian Macdonald; George Christensen, the Member for Dawson, and Jason Costigan from the State Parliament as well.
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, travelled to Canada this week to further strengthen the Australia-Canada defence industry relationship and promote Australian defence export opportunities, particularly highlighting the strengths of home grown innovations such as the CEA
Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP, will travel to Canada and the United States from 2–7 April to meet with senior defence officials and industry representatives to highlight the continuing strength of Australia’s innovative defence industry.