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The Hon Steven Ciobo Federal Member for Moncrieff


26 August 2018

It is an honour to be asked to join the Cabinet of Prime Minister Scott Morrison as Minister for Defence Industry.

Last year I worked closely with Christopher Pyne to develop the Defence Export Strategy, including the creation of the $3.8 billion Defence Export Facility managed by Efic.

I look forward to continuing Minister Pyne’s work to build an Australian defence industry that advances the Australian economy and creates and sustains Australian jobs.

It has been a privilege to work alongside Julie Bishop for the past three years. Her sterling performance as Australia’s Foreign Minister has promoted Australia’s place in the world.

As Trade Minister, I pursued the most ambitious trade agenda in Australia’s history, launching free trade agreement negations with the European Union, Hong Kong, the Pacific Alliance and re-launched negations with Indonesia. I am confident Simon Birmingham will advance these negotiations to conclusion.

I am proud to have created more opportunities for Australian exporters by concluding the Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific Partnership; the Agreement to Amend the Singapore-Australia Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA); the Peru-Australia Free Trade Agreement (PAFTA); and the Pacific Agreement on Closer Economic Relations Plus (PACER Plus).

Under a Coalition Government, the tourism industry continues to go from strength to strength. As Minister I secured record funding for Tourism Australia, which helped deliver record numbers of international tourists visiting Australia and spending record amounts. Earlier this year I convened a steering committee of tourism industry leaders to develop the next long term tourism strategy. I have no doubt Simon Birmingham will continue to drive this initiative to ensure our vibrant tourism industry continues to grow.

I thank officials from the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Austrade, Tourism Australia and Efic for their sound advice and tireless efforts in implementing the Government’s agenda.

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