Launch of the 2016 Defence White Paper, Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA)

Good morning ladies and gentlemen. Let me begin by acknowledging the traditional owners of the land on which we meet this morning and paying my respects to their elders, past and present.

I also want to welcome all of our guests here today and acknowledge my friend and colleague the Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, and thank him for his very, very fine remarks this morning. Thank you, Prime Minister.


2016 Defence White Paper

Joint release with the Prime Minister, the Hon. Malcolm Turnbull MP

The 2016 White Paper is a comprehensive and responsible long-term plan to ensure Australia’s national security.

It is the culmination of detailed analysis of our strategic environment, our defence priorities and objectives, and the capabilities required to achieve these outcomes.


Minister for Defence opens new CEA Technologies facility

The Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today officially opened a new CEA Technologies facility, which will supply cutting edge radar technology to the Royal Australian Navy.

Canberra’s CEA Technologies is providing radar technology to Navy’s eight ANZAC Class Frigates as part of their Anti-Ship Missile Defence (ASMD) Upgrade Program.


Shipbuilding - Getting on with the job

Minister for Defence Senator the Hon Marise Payne today confirmed that the Competitive Evaluation Processes have now commenced for the Future Frigates and Offshore Patrol Vessels (OPVs).

“The Turnbull Government is committed to ensuring Australia has a strong and sustainable shipbuilding industry. We are getting on with the job,’’ Minister Payne said.

“Defence is now conducting an analysis of mature ship designs for each project.

“This approach will enable Government to better understand the options for delivery of these important ADF capabilities.”


Speech to Defence Teaming Centre Breakfast - Adelaide, South Australia

Good morning ladies and gentlemen and David, thank you very much for your very generous welcome and to Chris Burns, Jack Mahoney, to the Premier of South Australia, Jay Weatherill, Opposition Leader, Steve Marshall, to Sir Angus Houston, and many other parliamentary representatives and I think Matt Williams is here somewhere, and Senator Nick Xenophon as well. The Senate’s very well represented this morning.

Let me first, before I begin, also acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet and pay my respects to their elders past and present.


Australia-Japan Foreign and Defence Ministerial 2+2 Meeting

Australia will host the sixth Australia-Japan Foreign and Defence Ministerial (2+2) Consultations in Sydney on 22 November.

We look forward to welcoming our Japanese counterparts, the Minister for Foreign Affairs, Mr Fumio Kishida, and the Minister for Defence, Mr Gen Nakatani, for discussions on strengthening this important strategic partnership.

Australia and Japan share common values and interests, and a commitment to supporting peace and security in our region and beyond.


Speech to Submarine Institute of Australia

Distinguished guests, Ambassador of France to Australia Christophe Lecourtier, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Tim Barrett, Submarine Institute of Australia president Mr Andy Keough

Ladies and gentlemen, I would also like to acknowledge the traditional owners of the land on which we meet, the Kaurna people, both past and present and to acknowledge their stewardship of this extraordinary continent of Australia.


Australian Defence College pilots Google Apps

The Australian Defence College is running a pilot program using Google Apps for education Senator the Hon Marise Payne, Minister for Defence, announced today.

Minister Payne said Defence was one of the first Australian Government Department to roll out Google Apps.

Two of the Australian Defence College’s flagship centres, the Centre for Defence and Strategic Studies (CDSS) and the Australian Command and Staff College (ACSC), are moving to a cloud-based platform for unclassified academic studies.


Address to Sea Power Conference in Sydney

Vice Admiral Ritchie thank you very much for your generous introduction. To the Chief of Navy, Vice Admiral Barrett, to the distinguished guests, particularly senior naval representatives from I believe from over 40 countries, to my parliamentary colleagues The Hon Teresa Gambaro and Dr Dennis Jensen and I apologise if there are any other parliamentary colleagues present that I have missed, ladies and gentlemen.



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