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Second Annual Australia-Indonesia Defence Ministers' Meeting



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Minister for Defence

Second Annual Australia-Indonesia Defence Ministers’ Meeting

26 July 2013

Today in Perth I conducted the second Annual Australia-Indonesia Defence Ministers’ Meeting

with my Indonesian counterpart, Dr Purnomo Yusgiantoro.

This was the ninth time I have met with Minister Purnomo in my capacity as Minister for

Defence, and the third time we have met this year. Minister Purnomo and I held the inaugural

Annual Defence Ministers’ Meeting in Jakarta in September 2012.

During today’s meeting, we reviewed progress in the bilateral defence-to-defence and

military-to-military relationship, and discussed how Australia and Indonesia could further

strengthen our cooperation together and with our regional partners to advance shared

defence and security interests.

Minister Purnomo and I discussed a range of issues of importance to regional and global

security. We shared the view that security and stability remains fundamental to continued

economic growth and prosperity in our region, and discussed how our two countries can work

together to address emerging security challenges.

In that context, we agreed that our officials will hold discussions on cyber security, and

explore opportunities to cooperate on managing cyber security risks. Cyber security impacts

adversely upon economic interests and national well-being, not just national security

interests. It is a global challenge that we can only combat by working with our partners and

allies.

Minister Purnomo and I also agreed to strengthen cooperation on peacekeeping, and noted

the progress made by our officials towards establishing a formal peacekeeping partnership

between our two defence forces. This will comprise a Memorandum of Understanding

between the Australian Defence Force’s Peace Operations Training Centre (POTC) and the

Indonesian National Defence Force Peacekeeping Centre.

Australia and Indonesia share a strong commitment to peacekeeping. Our defence forces held

their inaugural biennial desktop peacekeeping exercise, Garuda Kookaburra, in May this year.

Indonesian personnel attend courses at the POTC, and Indonesia also provides an instructor

to the Centre’s annual United Nations Military Observers Course. Minister Purnomo and I

agreed to expand and strengthen these personnel exchanges.

Building on the consultations that occurred between Australia and Indonesia during the

development of Australia’s 2013 Defence White Paper, Minister Purnomo and I reaffirmed

that our officials would consult closely during the development of Indonesia’s forthcoming

Defence White Paper.

In addition, we agreed to share lessons learnt on the development, acquisition and

sustainment of defence capabilities. This will include visits to Australia by Indonesian defence

officials to observe our capability development, acquisition and sustainment processes.

We also agreed to share lessons learnt on submarine maintenance and sustainment, and to

explore options for cooperation on submarine rescue.

This morning, Minister Purnomo and I witnessed the signing of a Memorandum of Sale for

five C 130H aircraft by Australia’s Chief of the Defence Force, General Hurley, and Indonesia’s

Head of Defence Facilities Agency, Rear Admiral Lubis.

This is in addition to the four C-130H aircraft that Australia is transferring to Indonesia, and

will further enhance Indonesia’s capacity to respond to natural disasters and humanitarian

crisis.

Following the signing of the Memorandum, Minister Purnomo and I called on the Prime

Minister, Kevin Rudd.

Yesterday, Minister Purnomo and I visited Australia’s Indian Ocean Naval Base, HMAS

Stirling, and toured the BAE and ASC facilities at the Australian Marine Complex in

Henderson.

We also visited the Special Air Service Regiment at Campbell Barracks. Australia and

Indonesia cooperate closely on counter-terrorism issues. Exercises Dawn Kookaburra and

Komodo, involving Australian and Indonesian Special Forces, are held on an annual basis and

focus on counter-hijack and hostage recovery.

Minister Purnomo and I agreed that our officials would examine options to strengthen

cooperation between Australia’s Special Forces and their Indonesian counterparts across

Army, Air Force and Marines.

As well, yesterday we laid a wreath at the State War Memorial at Kings Park. I also hosted a

reception in Minister Purnomo’s honour, which was attended by prominent members of the

Western Australian and Indonesian academic, business, government and community sectors.

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