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Minister for Defence addresses Indonesia's National Resilience Institute.



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THE HON JOEL FITZGIBBON MP Minister for Defence

www.defence.gov.au

Thursday, 18 September 2008 127/2008

MINISTER FOR DEFENCE ADDRESSES INDONESIA’S NATIONAL RESILIENCE INSTITUTE

The Minister for Defence, the Hon. Joel Fitzgibbon MP, today delivered an address to the Indonesian Government’s pre-eminent strategic studies institute, the National Resilience Institute, known as Lemhannas.

In his speech the Minister noted the long history of bilateral defence cooperation between Indonesia and Australia, dating back to Australia’s deployment of peacekeepers in the 1940s in support of Indonesian independence.

“As Minister for Defence, I look forward to progress in key areas of cooperation between Australia and Indonesia including maritime security, peacekeeping, disaster relief and reform and governance,” Mr Fitzgibbon said.

The Minister emphasised the importance of cooperation on governance and renewal between Australia and Indonesia.

“Defence forces with strong governance functions and accountability are better equipped to deal with security challenges and support their own government institutions, as well as better able to contribute effectively to

coalitions in addressing regional security issues.”

A copy of Mr Fitzgibbon’s address to Lemhannas will be available online: http://www.minister.defence.gov.au/fitzgibbon/speeches.cfm

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