Defence

October 2017

Upgrades for Collins submarines announced – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence,

The Government has announced two projects to sustain the capability superiority of the Collins Class submarine fleet until its replacement.

August 2017

Changing guard at Defence and Environment and Energy – August 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the appointment of his chief of staff, Greg Moriarty, as secretary of the Department of Defence.

June 2017

New drones acquisition program – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence,

The Australian Defence Force is acquiring a new world-class surveillance and reconnaissance capability using drones, Minister for Defence Marise Payne and Minister for Defence Industry Christopher Pyne have announced.

New defence supply framework to aid SMEs – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence,

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne has announced the signing of new Global Supply Chain (GSC) Program Agreements with Northrop Grumman and BAE Systems.

Australia increases Afghanistan commitment by 30 – July 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence,

The Australian Government has agreed to expand its training force in Afghanistan.

May 2017

Naval Shipbuilding Plan unveiled – May 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence,

The federal Government has released Australia’s first Naval Shipbuilding Plan, outlining the nation’s largest program of naval shipbuilding and sustainment.

April 2017

Senate pushes for transparency in defence sales – April 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Public Sector, Defence,

The Senate has called on Defence Minister Marise Payne to release details of Australian military sales to Saudi Arabia that were approved as that country faced claims of war crimes.

February 2017

Defence drops compulsory acquisition plans for Shoalwater Bay – February 2017

Filed under: Public Sector, Defence,

Defence Minister Marise Payne has announced that Defence has dropped plans for compulsory acquisition of land to expand the Shoalwater Bay Training Area and Townsville Field Training Area in Queensland.

December 2016

US Alliance remains at centre of counter-terrorism stance, says PM – December 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence, National Security,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the latest propaganda from Daesh (Islamic State) used footage of Australian locations and Australian icons in a call for further attacks against the West.

November 2016

Review of Australian intelligence agencies announced – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Public Sector, Defence,

The federal Government has commissioned an independent review into Australia’s intelligence agencies.

Australian defence industry to be regional hub for JSF maintenance – November 2016

Filed under: Public Sector, Defence,

Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne says Australia has been chosen to provide maintenance, repair, overhaul and upgrade for the componentry of the Joint Strike Fighter in the Asia Pacific Region.

Former US Navy chief to head shipbuilding advisory board – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence,

The Australian Government has appointed Professor Don Winter as the chair of the newly established Naval Shipbuilding Advisory Board.

October 2016

Lambie seeks Afghanistan killing ‘amnesty’ – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence,

Senator Jacqui Lambie, leader of the Jacquie Lambie Network, and a former soldier, is urging a pre-emptive pardon for any defence personnel accused of war crimes against the Taliban or Islamic State.

Australia and Singapore strengthen ties on trade, economic cooperation, defence – October 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Economy, Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector,

Agreements signed this month during an official visit to Australia by Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong represent the most substantial upgrade in the Australia-Singapore relationship in a generation.

Turnbull acknowledges offensive cyber capability – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Public Sector, Defence, Trade and industry, IT,

No institution or infrastructure is more important to the future prosperity and freedom of our global community than the Internet, Malcolm Turnbull has declared in Washington.

Border protection protects multiculturalism, Turnbull tells UN refugee summit – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence, Social and Community,

Australia is one of the most successful multicultural societies in the world, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told the UN refugee summit.

September 2016

Lambie wins Senate support for veterans inquiry – September 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Senate, Public Sector, Defence,

Tasmanian Senator Jacqui Lambie has won Senate support for a motion to establish an independent inquiry and investigation into the performance of the Department of Veterans’ Affairs (DVA).

Government widens allowable terrorist targets in National Security statement – September 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Public Sector, Defence, National Security,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced Australia will expand its rules of engagement in the Middle East to remove existing bans on the Australian military which prevent them attacking non-combatant key personnel.

August 2016

Greens call for action on Defence administration of malaria drugs

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Public Sector, Defence, Social and Community,

Greens spokesperson for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, has called on the Government to act on the recommendations of the recent Senate inquiry initiated by the Greens into veterans’ mental health.

June 2016

Coalition commits to Australian steel for patrol boats – June 2016

Filed under: Defence, Australian Politics, Elections,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says a re-elected Coalition Government would use Australian steel to build the first fleet of naval vessels commissioned in Australia since 2007.

May 2016

Government selects French bid for 12 new subs, reviews shipbuilding workforce – May 2016

Filed under: Defence, Australian Politics,

The Australian Government has selected the French bid to build and maintain the navy’s new submarine fleet, at an estimated cost of about $50 billion.

February 2016

Military spending will almost double by 2025 – February 2016

Filed under: Defence, Australian Politics,

Defence spending will almost double by 2025, as Australia embarks on a major military spending spree including “the most ambitious plan to regenerate the navy since the Second World War”, according to the Government’s Defence White Paper.

Defence Department overview – February 2016

Filed under: Defence, Australian Politics,

The overview on the official Defence White Paper website says: The 2016 Defence White Paper released on 25 February 2016 delivers on the Government’s commitment to the safety of the Australian people and to the defence our territory and national interests.

Minister’s introduction – February 2016

Filed under: Defence, Australian Politics,

In her introduction to the White Paper Defence Minister Marise Payne says (in part): Over the next two decades, we face greater security uncertainty and complexity, globally.

Australia’s strategic outlook – February 2016

Filed under: Defence, Australian Politics,

Australia and the Indo-Pacific region are in a period of significant economic transformation, leading to greater opportunities for prosperity and development.

November 2015

Canada’s withdrawal will not affect Australia’s purchase of F-35 fighter – Novembe

Filed under: Defence, Australian Politics,

A Senate estimates committee has been told that Canada’s withdrawal from the F-35 Joint Strike Fighter project should not affect Australia’s plans for the aircraft

October 2015

Estimates hear that Australian Submarine Corp running out of work – October 2015

Filed under: Defence, Australian Politics, Senate,

Executives of Adelaide-based shipbuilder ASC have told a Senate Estimates committee that up to 500 jobs could be lost from the company next year, in addition to the 300 positions cut since May.

September 2015

Senator Marise Payne – Minister for Defence – September 2015

Filed under: Defence, Australian Politics,

Defence commentators have applauded the appointment of Marise Payne as Minister for Defence in the Turnbull Government.

Government agrees to take Syrian refugees – September 2015

Filed under: Defence, Australian Politics, Immigration,

After weeks of speculation, Prime Minister Tony Abbott has announced that Australia will take 12,000 Syrian refugees in addition to the established refugee quota.

National leadership is coming from the states, not from federal politicians – September 2015

Filed under: Defence, Australian Politics, Opinion Polls, Tax, Immigration,

Not for the first time this year, the debate and decision about admitting Syrian refugees to Australia has raised important questions about political leadership.

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