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Monday, 2 March 2015
Page: 1787

Dr JENSEN (Tangney) (16:21): On the weekend, and on Friday, I had the pleasure of attending the Avalon air show in my capacity as a member of the Defence Subcommittee of the Joint Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee, and also just as an observer.

It is important to note that the US has placed the highest priority on the Avalon air show. It only records the same priority to two other air shows globally. That shows where Australia stands in terms of the US view of the strength of our relationship and the importance that the US places on it—and, indeed, on our defence industry.

It is also important to note that that air show showcases what much of our defence industry can achieve. In Australia we really need to support that effort. We have some of the highest technology in the world, which we can sell to the rest of the world. Ramping up on that technology will obviously significantly benefit both our defence industry and our defence capability in the long run.