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Prime Minister, Minister for Foreign Affairs and Minister for Defence – North Korean Aggression – Nuclear Test

The North Korean regime claims to have conducted a successful test of a nuclear device, with a seismic event of 6.1 magnitude detected at a North Korean nuclear test site.
The regime has claimed to have detonated a hydrogen bomb, although that has not been confirmed.
This would be North Korea’s sixth nuclear test.
Australia utterly condemns North Korea’s flagrant defiance of United Nations Security Council resolutions, which ban nuclear weapons development and testing by Kim Jong-un's regime.

Australian Defence Force and United States Marines demonstrate benefits of combined training initiatives

Senior defence officials from Malaysia, Japan, Thailand and Vietnam visited the Northern Territory to learn about the United States Force Posture Initiatives and bilateral capabilities between Australia and the United States (US) last week.
As part of this visit, the group observed a bilateral exercise between the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the US Marines, called Exercise Crocodile Strike. The exercise provided real-life scenarios to test how Australia and the US would work together in response to a humanitarian crisis in a regional location.

Inspector-General of The Australian Defence Force Inquiry Calls for Information about Possible Breaches of the Laws of Armed Conflict in Afghanistan

The Inspector-General of the Australian Defence Force (IGADF) wants to hear from anyone with information concerning rumours of possible breaches of the Laws of Armed Conflict by members of the Australian Defence Force (ADF) in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016.
The IGADF provides an avenue – independent of the military chain of command – for internal review of military justice and other matters concerning the ADF.

Minister Payne to visit Papua New Guinea

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, will travel to Papua New Guinea from 31 August to 1 September 2017, to discuss Australia’s strong bilateral defence relationship and mutual interest in regional stability with the new Papua New Guinea Government.
Minister Payne will meet Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister the Hon Peter O’Neill CMG MP, and newly appointed Minister for Defence, the Hon Solan Mirisim MP, in Port Moresby.

Australian soldiers help Iraqi Army take fight to Daesh

Townsville-based soldiers have finished training a further 1200 Iraqi Army soldiers, a milestone marked with a graduation ceremony at the Taji Military Complex near Baghdad.
This graduation takes the total number of soldiers trained by the Australian Defence Force (ADF) and New Zealand Defence Force (NZDF) to more than 26,000 since the training mission started in early 2015.

Strengthening opportunities for local industry

Local industry will have more opportunities to participate in major Defence infrastructure projects as part of a pilot program announced by Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today.
The Local Industry Capability Plan pilot will ensure that local industry has the best possible opportunity to be involved in the Turnbull Government’s unprecedented $200 billion investment in Defence capability over the next decade, including approximately $7.7 billion to upgrade Defence facilities in the Northern Territory.

Cairns Marine Precinct Upgrade Delivered

Minister for Defence Industry, the Hon Christopher Pyne MP and Federal Member for Leichhardt Warren Entsch today announced the delivery of the Coalition’s election commitment to provide $24 million toward the upgrade of the Cairns Marine Precinct.
The Cairns Marine Precinct provides vital facilities and support services to our Defence Force whilst providing a critical contribution to the local economy and local jobs.

Diamond Based Laser Technology Wins Defence Science Eureka Prize

Minister for Defence, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, today congratulated Associate Professor Richard Mildren of Macquarie University on winning the Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia for his research into diamond-based technology to generate high-power lasers.
The Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science in Safeguarding Australia is awarded annually for outstanding science or technology that has developed, or has the potential to develop innovative solutions for Australia’s defence or national security.

Local Businesses Approved For Submarine Supply Chain

Today the Turnbull Government and Naval Group Australia confirmed that 126 local businesses to date have been pre-qualified as eligible to take part in the supply chain for the $50 billion Future Submarine Program.
Over the last twelve months, these businesses have been thoroughly assessed and deemed as capable of delivering the quality products, parts or services needed to deliver this vital project.

Australian Defence Force And Us Marines Use Military Exercise To Help Indigenous Community

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) and the United States (US) Marine Rotational Force-Darwin (MRF-D), completed training on Friday 25 August 2017 as part of Exercise CROCODILE STRIKE, and utilised this exercise to assist the local Indigenous community at the remote South Goulburn Island, in the Arafura Sea off the coast of the Northern Territory.