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March 17th, 2015 | Media Releases

Defence continues to support the Australian Government assistance mission to Vanuatu through Operation PACIFIC ASSIST 2015. The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) evacuated 199 people from Vanuatu to Brisbane late yesterday. The evacuees were transported in C-17A Globemaster III aircraft that returned to Australia after delivering more stores, equipment and […]

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March 16th, 2015 | Media Releases

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) continues to support disaster response efforts to help the people of Vanuatu following Cyclone Pam. Two Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) C-17A Globemaster III aircraft have transported an ADF Reconnaissance Team to Port Villa along with personnel from the Department of Foreign Affairs and non-government […]

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March 16th, 2015 | Media Releases

Australia has provided a second tranche of cold weather clothing to the Ukrainian Armed Forces. The clothing is being donated to Ukraine as part of the broader Australian assistance package announced on 3 September 2014 by the Prime Minister. On 3 March 2015, the Australian Ambassador and Defence Attaché to […]

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March 16th, 2015 | Media Releases

The Australian Defence Force has commenced operations from RAAF Bases Amberley and Richmond to Port Vila. Two Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III aircraft will deliver critical humanitarian aid and disaster relief supplies, including hygiene kits, blankets, sleeping mats, shelter kits, insect nets, water storage buckets and water purification […]

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March 13th, 2015 | Transcripts

BEN FORDHAM Kevin Andrews, good afternoon. MINISTER ANDREWS Good afternoon Ben. BEN FORDHAM Thank you for taking the time to talk to us about it. You can understand why John would be upset about this and his workers would be annoyed about this because they were told they had the […]

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March 5th, 2015 | Transcripts

KEVIN ANDREWS:           Thank you very much ladies and gentlemen. It’s certainly been a week for decision and delivery in defence and I have with me this morning Rear Admiral Mark Purcell who is the head of Maritime Systems Division at the Defence Materiel Organisation. Today I want to announce on […]

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March 5th, 2015 | Media Releases

Today, the Government announces the Request for Tender (RFT) for the replacement – Australian-made – Pacific Patrol Boats under the Pacific Maritime Security Program, Project SEA3036 Phase 1. This project represents a significant investment in Australian defence industry with the Australian-made patrol boats worth $594 million in addition to through […]

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March 5th, 2015 | Transcripts

MICHAEL BRISSENDEN: Yesterday the Prime Minister moved on another of the Government’s barnacles by raising the pay offer for defence personnel from 1.5 per cent to 2 per cent. This follows the announcement of an increased military commitment to Iraq with the deployment of a further 300 troops. To discuss […]

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March 4th, 2015 | Transcripts

DAVID SPEERS: Kevin Andrews, thank you for your time. KEVIN ANDREWS: Thank you, David. DAVID SPEERS: The original pay offer of 1.5 per cent has now been increased to two per cent. Was the original decision below inflation a mistake in hindsight? KEVIN ANDREWS: The Government at the time had […]

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March 3rd, 2015 | Media Releases

JOINT PRESS RELEASE The Hon. Tony Abbott MP, Prime Minister of Australia The Hon. Kevin Andrews MP, Minister for Defence   The Government has decided to commence the preparation and training of a force to contribute to the international Building Partner Capacity (BPC) mission in Iraq. This decision marks the […]

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