Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister for Defence, the Honourable Darren Chester MP, today announced that the position of Chair of the Defence Honours and Awards Appeals Tribunal is being advertised.
Topic: Japan and Australia 2 + 2 talks.
TONY JONES, PRESENTER
To discuss those two-by-two talks with Japan, we were joined just a short time ago from Tokyo by the Defence Minister, Senator David Johnston.
The Government has today launched the $5 million Transition and Wellbeing Research Programme which is a significant new programme of research into the mental health and wellbeing of contemporary service personnel and veterans.
Developments in regional and international security and ways to deepen bilateral defence and security cooperation will be the focus of the fifth Australia-Japan Foreign and Defence Ministerial (2+2) Consultations this week.
RE: Japan 2 + 2 meetings, future submarine, abuse claims in Defence
MARK COLVIN: The Defence Minister, David Johnston, will have lunch on a Japanese submarine this week as he visits the country for security talks.
Today we are announcing the way forward for the $8.5 billion Air Warfare Destroyer program, dealing with a range of unresolved structural and systemic issues that have remained unaddressed for too long.
More than 500 Afghan nationals who were employed in support of Australia’s mission in Afghanistan, together with their families, have now been granted visas to Australia under the 2013-14 refugee and humanitarian programme.
Representatives from Japan, the United States, New Zealand, Britain and Australia attended a commemorative service at Garden Island, Sydney today to mark the 72nd anniversary of the sinking of HMAS Kuttabul.
Representatives from the Royal Australian Navy’s HMAS Tobruk, Australian Army and Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) were awarded Military Civic Action medals today by the Philippines Government for their assistance following Typhoon Haiyan in late 2013.
Four exceptional employers have been recognised for their support of Australian Defence Force Reservists at the National Employer Support Awards in Canberra overnight.
Presenting the awards on behalf of the Government was the Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert.
This Budget is about delivering on the Abbott Government’s commitment to build a strong and prosperous economy for a safe and secure Australia. That means a strong and capable Australian Defence Force (ADF).