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Combet addresses Australian command and staff college on Defence procurement.



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THE HON GREG COMBET AM MP Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement

www.defence.gov.au

Monday, 24 November 2008 066/08

COMBET ADDRESSES AUSTRALIAN COMMAND AND STAFF COLLEGE ON DEFENCE PROCUREMENT

Greg Combet, Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Procurement, today addressed Australian Command and Staff College course members on Defence procurement.

While addressing the 159 course members - consisting of Australian Defence Force (ADF) Officers, public servants, Australian Federal Police and students from foreign armed forces - Mr Combet provided an insight into the Government’s view of defence procurement with a focus on current and future projects as well as action taken on projects of concern.

Today marks the first anniversary of the Rudd Labor Government. Mr Combet outlined the work that the Government had undertaken in the area of defence procurement over the last year.

“It is an extremely interesting time to be involved in Defence procurement with the ADF replacing more than 80 percent of its warfighting assets over the next 10 to 15 years at a cost of some $100 billion,” Mr Combet said.

Mr Combet added that the fundamental aim of Defence procurement and sustainment was to ensure the ADF was able to respond to current operational tasks and future strategic threats to national defence and security.

“To achieve all of this and to respond to the strategic issues emerging in our region an efficient Defence procurement system is essential,” Mr Combet said.

Mr Combet also spoke about Industry policy and the recent Mortimer Review on Defence procurement and sustainment.

“I am confident that measures can be undertaken that increase the commercial approach of the DMO while also ensuring the continued responsiveness of the DMO to Defence,” Mr Combet said.

Mr Combet’s speech is available on the Defence website at: http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/CombetSpeechtpl.cfm?CurrentId=8504

Media contacts: Rod Hilton (Greg Combet): 02 6277 4771 or 0458 276 619 Defence Media Liaison: 02 6265 3343 or 0408 498 664