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Regional risks and responsibilities

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Senator The Hon. David Feeney Parliamentary Secretary for Defence

Parliamentary Secretary for Defence - Regional risks and responsibilities 20 April 2012

Last night, Senator David Feeney addressed guests and members of the Kokoda foundation in a special security seminar held in Sydney.

In his address on Security in the Pacific, Senator Feeney outlined the risks and responsibilities emerging in our region during the Asia-Pacific Century.

“The dynamic and complex nature of security in the Asia-Pacific century presents Australia with both risks and responsibilities,” Senator Feeney said.

“In our immediate region, dollar diplomacy, climate change, deforestation, illegal unreported and unregulated (IUU) fishing, social and economic stress on young governments are but some of the issues that threaten to erode security and development.”

“Australia’s task, as assigned to the Australian Defence Force in the Defence White Paper, is to contribute to the security, stability and cohesion of our immediate neighbourhood - most notably Melanesia”.

“This can only be achieved if the nations of our region act together and with a common purpose. Co-operative arrangements in matters like maritime security present the region with a truly multi-lateral opportunity to work together as a cohesive force defending sovereignty and preventing IUU fishing, and stopping transnational crime,” said Senator Feeney.

Senator Feeney has special responsibility for the Pacific Maritime Security Program (the follow on program to the Pacific Patrol Boat Program) and is assisting the Minister for Defence on Pacific Matters.

The Kokoda Foundation is an independent not for profit think tank which researches and fosters innovative thinking on Australia’s future security challenges. More information can be found at their website

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