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Joanna Gash MP Member for Gilmore 21 June 2005

GASH U.S.A-BOUND

Member for Gilmore, Joanna Gash is to take part in a Parliamentary Committee visit to the United States.

Mrs Gash will join her Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee members for the 10-day visit and is confident of returning with positive news for the region’s defence industries.

“Gilmore is among the nation’s foremost defence regions,” Mrs Gash said.

“I will be looking for every opportunity to build on that reputation during the US visit.”

Mrs Gash said the visit would include meetings at the Raytheon Expeditionary Warfare Centre, the Lockheed Martin Facility, the Kennedy Space Centre, the Quantico facility for hostage rescue training and forensic medicine and the White House, for a meeting with Congress.

“Gilmore businesses have recently secured major contracts within the Joint Strike Fighter project,” Mrs Gash said.

“Lockheed Martin is at the centre of that most significant defence project and it is important to get a first-hand look at how the project is proceeding.”

Mrs Gash said there is a lot to be gained from such visits.

"I will have the opportunity to visit the Vietnam War Memorial and lay a wreath at the Korean War Memorial,” Mrs Gash said.

“Gilmore’s veterans have been at the forefront of campaigns for recognition of servicemen and women in these conflicts and I will be able to take those campaign messages with me.” Mrs Gash flies out of Australia on Tuesday, June 28, 2005.