Editorials

September 1st, 2015 | Editorials

Building on the personal relationship of Prime Minister Modi and Prime Minister Abbott, I am pleased to visit India for the first time as Australia’s Defence Minister. India is the emerging democratic super power of Asia.  It is therefore sensible that the relationship between India and Australia be developed and […]

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August 21st, 2015 | Editorials

The Defence Teaming Centre (DTC) comments this week undermines the certainty that defence industry in South Australia is looking for. I have been advised by Defence that the figures used by DTC are speculative and uninformed and that it is premature to speculate about the cost breakdown per state before […]

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August 20th, 2015 | Editorials

Hugh White claims that the Government’s plan to invest in appropriately capable maritime forces is a mistake and part of a cynical vote buying exercise. This couldn’t be further from the truth. As the Chief of Navy said on 4 August 2015, “This (continuous shipbuilding plan) provides certainty for not […]

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August 6th, 2015 | Editorials

Over the next few decades, the biggest regeneration of the Royal Australian Navy since the Second World War will take place. That regeneration will be the centrepiece of the Abbott Government’s fully funded and cost assured Defence White Paper that will be released later this year. This White Paper will […]

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April 23rd, 2015 | Editorials

The Abbott Government is committed to a sustainable Australian naval shipbuilding industry.  Sadly, years of neglect by the former Labor government has left shipbuilding in a precarious and uncertain state. Labor’s ‘valley of death’ – which will soon be upon us – could have been avoided. For all their posturing, […]

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March 24th, 2015 | Editorials

The first priority of a national Government is the safety and security of its citizens.  In recent times we have faced complex national security challenges which remind us that Australia is not immune from emerging global threats. This government is making significant investment in the safety and security of all […]

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February 28th, 2015 | Editorials

The safety and security of our nation is the first responsibility of Government and as the newly appointed Defence Minister I take this responsibility very seriously. We can not be complacent – Australia is not immune from real and emerging global threats. The Government recently announced an acquisition plan for […]

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February 28th, 2015 | Editorials

The safety and security of our nation is the first responsibility of Government and as the newly appointed Defence Minister I take this responsibility very seriously.  We can not be complacent – Australia is not immune from real and emerging global threats. The Government recently announced an acquisition plan for […]

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June 11th, 2014 | Editorials

Society needs to value women in the workforce KEVIN ANDREWS & MICHAELIA CASH As a society, we should do more to support women who choose to have families and a career and this is exactly what the Abbott government’s paid parental leave scheme is designed to do. In 2014, Australian […]

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February 28th, 2014 | Editorials

Opinion Article – The Australian – Friday 28 February 2014 States have always had an interest in the building blocks of their societies, namely families. Family formation and stability remain the essential catalysts for intergenerational renewal, formative human interaction, socialising children and linking individuals to the wider society. So it […]

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