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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.
Today marks the 70th anniversary of the beginning of the Korean War – a war which raged for over three years and claimed countless lives.
Australia honours the service and sacrifice of those who fought for peace and stability on the Korean Peninsula.
The Australian Defence Force (ADF) will significantly increase its support to Victoria to help it contain the recent outbreak of COVID-19.
Following a request from the Victorian Government, around 1,000 ADF personnel will deploy in Victoria.
A South Australian company enlisted by Defence to help in the fight against COVID-19 is among three Australian companies that have received funding from the Morrison Government to ramp up their involvement in the global F-35 program.
I was invited to take part in the NATO Defence Ministers’ Meeting which was held by video conference overnight.It is the first time Australia has been invited to attend a non-operational session of a NATO Defence Ministers’ Meeting.