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Media Releases 2009
10 Dec 2009
AUSTRALIAN FORCES DRAWDOWN IN EAST TIMOR
The number of ADF personnel will decrease to around 400 by February 2010...
10 Dec 2009
AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE ACADEMY GRADUATES ON DISPLAY
Graduates have successfully completed three years of military and leadership training, as well as an undergraduate degree...
10 Dec 2009
AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE FORCE ACADEMY AND THE UNIVERSITY OF NEW SOUTH WALES CONTINUE PARTNERSHIP
UNSW plays a vital role in educating Defence personnel and by contributing to Defence and industry research...
08 Dec 2009
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE VISITS TOWNSVILLE ADF ESTABLISHMENTS
Senator John Faulkner visited Lavarack Barracks and RAAF Base Townsville...
04 Dec 2009
DEFENCE MINISTER FAREWELLS COMMUNICATION CONTINGENT AND VISITS 2ND COMMANDO REGIMENT
Contingents will prpvide communications and information systems to forces deployed in Middle East and East Timor...
25 Nov 2009
F-35 JOINT STRIKE FIGHTER—AUSTRALIA’S NEXT GENERATION AIR POWER
Government has approved acquisition of the first batch of F-35 Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) aircraft...
23 Nov 2009
APPOINTMENT OF NEW CEO FOR ASC
ASC is the Air Warfare Destroyer (AWD) shipbuilder, and responsible for construction of the $8 billion AWD project at Osborne, South Australia...
17 Nov 2009
DEFENCE BUDGET AUDIT RELEASED
The Audit advised on the efficiency and effectiveness of the Defence budget and how to improve budget management...
12 Nov 2009
VISIT TO AFGHANISTAN
Senator John Faulkner attended a Rembembrance Day ceremony at Tarin Kowt...
10 Nov 2009
RELEASE OF THE DEFENCE ICT STRATEGY
The Information and Communications Technology (ICT) Strategy contains several key initiatives that will increase efficiency and effectiveness within Defence’s ICT portfolio...
05 Nov 2009
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MEETS WITH U.S. COUNTERPART
Senator John Faulkner met with the Secretary of Defense Dr Robert Gates, to discuss key issues in the alliance relationship, most notably operations in Afghanistan...
02 Nov 2009
VISIT TO THE USA
Senator John Faulkner, will visit the US this week to take part in talks with senior US Government representatives and Defense officials...
27 Oct 2009
AUSTRALIAN ASSISTANCE TO SAMOA AND TONGA
Further support will be provided to Samoa and Tonga following the tsunami that devastated both communities on 30 September...
26 Oct 2009
VISIT TO INDONESIA
Senator John Faulkner met with the Indonesian Minister for Defence, and the Coordinating Minister for Legal, Political and Security Affairs...
26 Oct 2009
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE VISIT TO INDONESIA
Senator John Faulkner will meet his Indonesian counterparts to discuss defence and other issues...
25 Oct 2009
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MEETS WITH NATO DEFENCE HEADS IN SLOVAKIA
Senator John Faulkner met with his NATO and non-NATO counterparts to discuss the international community’s efforts in Afghanistan...
22 Oct 2009
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE TO ATTEND NATO MINISTERS’ MEETING IN SLOVAKIA
Senator John Faulkner will attend a meeting of the NATO and non-NATO International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) partners to discuss the campaign in Afghanistan...
20 Oct 2009
DEFENCE FIREPOWER TO RECEIVE MAJOR BOOST
Acquisitions will provide improved protection and precision firepower to Australian soldiers...
15 Oct 2009
DEFENCE MINISTER MEETS WITH GENERAL CHEN BINGDE
Senator John Faulkner met with the Chinese People’s Liberation Army (PLA) Chief of General Staff, General Chen Bingde, to discuss defence and security issues...
07 Oct 2009
STRONG DEFENCE RELATIONSHIP WITH UK CONTINUES
Senator John Faulkner met with UK Minister for International Defence and Security, Baroness Ann Taylor...
03 Oct 2009
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE VISITS EAST TIMOR
Senator John Faulkner met with Australian troops and held discussions with East Timorese Vice Prime Minister Jose Luis Guterres and senior United Nations officials...
02 Oct 2009
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE VISITS NT BASES
Senator John Faulkner completed a comprehensive two day visit to Northern Territory Defence bases and facilities...
30 Sep 2009
AUSTRALIAN AND NEW ZEALAND DEFENCE MINISTERS MEET IN SYDNEY TO DISCUSS JOINT ANZAC CAPABILITIES
Senator John Faulkner met with his New Zealand counterpart, the Hon Dr Wayne Mapp in Sydney to discuss a range of shared defence interests and security challenges...
23 Sep 2009
WESTERN PLAINS RESOURCES AND THE WOOMERA PROHIBITED AREA
22 Sep 2009
RELEASE OF THE DEFENCE BUDGET AUDIT EXECUTIVE SUMMARY - ESTATE
The Executive Summary of the Defence Budget Audit was recently released under a Freedom of Information (FOI) request...
20 Sep 2009
TEN-YEAR ANNIVERSARY OF INTERFET
Senator John Faulkner paid tribute to the courage and professionalism of Australian and coalition troops who have worked to assist the fledgling nation of East Timor...
19 Sep 2009
HMAS SYDNEY WELCOMED HOME FROM MAJOR INTERNATIONAL DEPLOYMENT
Senator John Faulkner joined families and friends to welcome home the 230 members of the ship’s company...
09 Sep 2009
HIGH COURT CHALLENGE TO THE AUSTRALIAN MILITARY COURT – IMPLEMENTATION OF INTERIM ARRANGEMENTS
Interim legislation introduced after the Australian Military Court (AMC) was invalidated by High Court last month...
07 Sep 2009
AIR FORCE TO BEGIN OPERATING ITS FIRST UNMANNED AERIAL SYSTEM
The Heron Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) will enhance the capability of Australian forces in Afghanistan...
31 Aug 2009
PROJECT SINGLE LEAP PHASE 2 - UPDATE
The Project was established to address deficiencies in permanent and long-term training on-base accommodation for ADF members...
26 Aug 2009
AUSTRALIAN MILITARY COURT
The High Court unanimously found that the provisions of the Defence Force Discipline Act establishing the AMC were invalid...
25 Aug 2009
NEW ADF PILOT TRAINING SYSTEM
Government gives first pass approval to provide the ADF with a new Pilot Training System...
21 Aug 2009
Senator John Faulkner said the conduct of yesterday’s Presidential and Provincial elections in Afghanistan strengthened democracy in that country ....
12 Aug 2009
AFGHAN ELECTION SUPPORT FORCE COMMENCES OPERATIONS
The security forces are tasked with providing an outer-layer of support to the Afghan National Security Forces leading up to and during the elections...
12 Aug 2009
RELEASE OF THE LOSS OF HMAS SYDNEY II REPORT
HMAS Sydney II was lost with all hands on 19 November 1941, following an engagement with the German raider, HSK Kormoran, off the Western Australian coast...
11 Aug 2009
THE LOSS OF HMAS SYDNEY II – RELEASE OF THE REPORT
Media alert: 12 August 2009...
07 Aug 2009
GOVERNMENT SENDS NAVY DIVE TEAM TO TONGA
Specialist RAN and RAAF teams to assist with recovery following ferry disaser...
06 Aug 2009
FUTURE SUBMARINE PROJECT STUDY
The procurement of Australia’s future submarine will be Australia’s largest ever single defence project and will form a critical part of the nation’s future defence force...
05 Aug 2009
DEFENCE BASE SECURITY REVIEW
The review will be conducted by the Chief Security Officer with representation from the services, Defence Support Group and Attorney-General’s Department...
03 Aug 2009
ANZAC MISSILE DEFENCE PROJECT ON TRACK
The Government is committed to completing the development and trials of this highly innovative Australian designed technology...
31 Jul 2009
ADF CONCLUDES MISSION IN IRAQ
Operation CATALYST was the ADF’s contribution to the stabilisation and rehabilitation of Iraq...
28 Jul 2009
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE MEETS WITH SINGAPORE DEPUTY PRIME MINISTER
Senator John Faulkner returned from Singapore today after attending the 6th Singapore Australia Joint Ministerial Conference (SAJMC)...
19 Jul 2009
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE EXPRESSES CONDOLENCE FOR FAMILY OF KILLED SOLDIER
Our country has lost a brave and dedicated serviceman, but they have also lost a loved one, a family member and a friend...
17 Jul 2009
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE FAREWELLS TROOPS DUE TO DEPLOY TO MIDDLE EAST
The role of the Force Support Unit is to provide logistics support to all operational nodes in the Middle East, with its main focus on supporting operations in Afghanistan...
16 Jul 2009
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE VISITS REGIONAL ASSISTANCE MISSION TO SOLOMON ISLANDS
Senator John Faulkner was pleased to be able to meet with the Army’s reserve personnel who contribute to security operations in the Solomon Islands...
12 Jul 2009
HMAS WARRAMUNGA RETURNS TO AUSTRALIA AFTER SIX MONTHS IN THE MIDDLE EAST AREA OF OPERATIONS
Today’s homecoming marks the end of the twentieth rotation of RAN ships to the Middle East since September 2001...
09 Jul 2009
FIRST RAAF SUPER HORNET ROLLS OUT
Australia’s first Block II F/A-18F Super Hornet has rolled off the Boeing assembly line in St Louis, USA...
01 Jul 2009
DEFENCE CAPABILITY PLAN 2009 – SUPPORTING AUSTRALIAN DEFENCE INDUSTRY
The DCP contains a detailed account of major capital equipment proposals that are planned for Government consideration...
30 Jun 2009
MINISTERS TO ADDRESS DEFENCE INDUSTRY CONFERENCE
14 Jun 2009
MINISTERIAL VISIT TO AUSTRALIAN TROOPS IN AFGHANISTAN
Senator John Faulkner visited Australian troops at Tarin Kowt base in Afghanistan yesterday...
12 Jun 2009
Senator John Faulkner attended meetings with his international counterparts from troop-contributing nations to Afghanistan’s Regional Command (South)...
09 Jun 2009
MINISTER FOR DEFENCE TO ATTEND NATO MEETINGS
Senator John Faulkner will attend the Regional Command (South) Ministers’ Meeting in the Netherlands and a NATO Defence Ministers’ meeting in Belgium...
13 May 2009
FUNDING CONSERVES HOME OF AUSTRALIA'S WWII PRIME MINISTER
More than $550,000 will protect and conserve the historic house in Cottesloe, Western Australia that was home to former Prime Minister John Curtin and his family...
12 May 2009
BUDGET MEASURES: PROMOTING INTEGRITY AND ACCOUNTABILITY
Office of the Information Commissioner...
12 May 2009
$13 MILLION TO HELP IMPROVE INDIGENOUS ELECTORAL PARTICIPATION
Consultation with Indigenous communities will be undertaken to determine the most appropriate education and enrolment activities for each local area...
06 May 2009
LAUNCH OF THE ETHICS ADVISORY SERVICE
The Australian Government is committed to maintaining and enhancing the ethical health of the Australian Public Service...
05 May 2009
INFORMATION AWARENESS MONTH
Senator John Faulkner today launched Information Awareness Month at the National Archives of Australia...
30 Mar 2009
NEW REPORT ON GOVERNMENT ADVERTISING EXPENDITURE
The report provides information on campaign advertising expenditures for government departments and agencies...
24 Mar 2009
The proposed Bills will deliver the Government's election commitment to reform FOI...
18 Mar 2009
OPPOSITION BLOCKS ELECTORAL REFORM - AGAIN
The Opposition, combined with Senator Fielding, this morning voted to block greater integrity in Australia’s electoral laws...
11 Mar 2009
POLITICAL DONATIONS BILL VOTED DOWN BY LIBERALS
Today the Liberals voted down urgent measures to enhance the integrity and increase the transparency of our electoral system...
06 Mar 2009
ELECTORAL REFORM GREEN PAPER SUBMISSIONS RELEASED
Almost 50 submissions have been received from individuals and organisations on the Government's electoral reform agenda...
05 Mar 2009
AUDIT OF ADMINISTRATION OF ADVERTISING CONTRACTS
The Auditor-General's findings vindicate the Rudd Government's major reform of the Commonwealth advertising system...
25 Feb 2009
TABLING OF WHISTLEBLOWER REPORT
Report of the House of Representatives Legal and Constitutional Affairs Committee into whistleblower protection...
21 Feb 2009
AEC'S 25 YEARS OF SERVICE TO THE AUSTRALIAN COMMUNITY
Senator John Faulkner today congratulated the Australian Electoral Commission (AEC) on its 25th anniversary...
18 Feb 2009
MUSEUM OF DEMOCRACY TO OPEN AT OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE
Visitors will be able to explore the history and distinctive character of Australian democracy while continuing to enjoy the history and heritage of the building...
18 Feb 2009
CELEBRATED ACTOR APPOINTED CHAIR OF OLD PARLIAMENT HOUSE
Senator John Faulkner announced that William McInnes has been appointed as Chair of the Old Parliament House Advisory Council...
04 Feb 2009
FOI ANNUAL REPORT
The Government is committed to enhancing access to information under FOI, and to undertaking the most significant overhaul of the FOI Act since it began...
02 Feb 2009
HIDDEN DONATIONS DEMAND TRANSPARENCY REFORMS
The Government's Electoral Amendment Bill will bring disclosure thresholds down and ban overseas and anonymous donations...
20 Jan 2009
GOUGH WHITLAM'S LONGEVITY RECORD
Gough Whitlam has become Australia's longest living former Prime Minister...