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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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February 27th, 2015 | Media Releases

Following his announcement earlier this week, I thank the outgoing Chief Executive of the Defence Materiel Organisation (DMO), Mr Warren King, for his hard work and service. Mr King has had a long and distinguished career spanning almost five decades in Defence including twenty years in the Royal Australian Navy. […]

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February 26th, 2015 | Media Releases

Australia will cooperate with the Norwegian Ministry of Defence to develop an advanced maritime strike weapon for the F-35A Joint Strike Fighters, the Minister for Defence, Kevin Andrews announced today. Mr Andrews said Australian cooperation on the Norwegian Joint Strike Missile, under development by Kongsberg Defence and Aerospace, would ensure […]

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February 26th, 2015 | Speeches

Mr Deputy Speaker, I rise today to update the Parliament and the Australian people about Australia’s missions in Iraq and Afghanistan. IRAQ – OVERVIEW Last month the Prime Minister and I visited Iraq and the Middle East Region. This was my first opportunity as Minister for Defence to visit our […]

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February 25th, 2015 | Media Releases

The Australian Defence Force has deployed additional aircraft and air operations ground support to assist with natural disaster recovery efforts across the country. In Queensland, two Army MRH90 helicopters were dispatched overnight to Rockhampton to assist with aerial inspection of the region following Cyclone Marcia. Today, following a Northern Territory […]

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February 25th, 2015 | Media Releases

Today the Chief of Joint Operations (CJOPS), Vice Admiral David Johnston and key operations staff of Headquarters Joint Operations Command (HQJOC) provided me with an update on Defence support to cyclone relief operations in the Northern Territory and Queensland. During the visit to HQJOC, an overview of Defence operations in […]

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February 24th, 2015 | Media Releases

Defence has bolstered its presence in the Rockhampton region following Cyclone Marcia with the arrival of the 127-strong 3rd Combat Engineer Regiment (3 CER) from the Townsville-based 3rd Brigade. The Combat Engineers deployed with a fleet of 46 vehicles which includes heavy plant equipment such as excavators and a crane. […]

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February 23rd, 2015 | Media Releases

The Australian Defence Force has deployed a 100-person Emergency Support Force (ESF) from the Townsville-based 3rd Brigade to assist recovery operations in the areas worst affected by Tropical Cyclone Marcia. The ESF will be operating in the Yeppoon, Rockhampton and Mt Morgan areas focusing their efforts on post-disaster clean-up operations at […]

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February 22nd, 2015 | Media Releases

The Australian Defence Force continues to support Queensland Emergency Management officials with post-disaster assessment and recovery following the passage of Cyclone Marcia through Yeppoon and Rockhampton. Approximately 19 Australian Army Reservists from a Rockhampton-based 11 Brigade unit continued with debris removal tasks conducted yesterday and have commenced clean-up tasks at  Yeppoon […]

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