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Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Page: 6439


Dr KELLY (Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Support and Parliamentary Secretary for Water) (4:10 PM) —I would like to highlight that the government is committed to sustainable funding arrangements for the defence budget to deliver the capability required to meet our nation’s strategic needs. This government’s action to initiate a comprehensive defence white paper soon after its election, the institution of the Strategic Reform Program in defence and the reforms to the defence budget presented in these appropriation bills will ensure that Australia gets the best Defence Force our money can buy and improved value for the taxpayer over the long term. I was not sure if there was a question in the honourable member’s comments.