Stephen Smith Announces His Retirement From Parliament

The Minister for Defence, Stephen Smith, has become the latest minister to announce his retirement.

Smith made his announcement at the end of Question Time today. He will continue as Foreign Minister until the election but will not contest his Western Australian electorate of Perth.

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He has been the member for Perth since 1993 and has served in seven parliaments. [Read more…]


Bob Carr Enters The Senate And Becomes Foreign Minister

Bob CarPrime Minister Julia Gillard has announced that former NSW Premier Bob Carr is to enter the Senate and become Foreign Minister.

After several days of uncertainty and denials, the announcement came as a surprise today when Gillard announced the ministerial reshuffle arising from the resignation of Kevin Rudd and his failed leadership challenge.

Carr will fill the casual Senate vacancy created by the resignation of Mark Arbib. [Read more…]


Meet The Press: Defence Minister Stephen Smith


Defence Minister Announces Review Of ADF Treatment Of Women

The Defence Minister, Stephen Smith, has announced that Sex Discrimination Commissioner Elizabeth Broderick will lead “an examination of the treatment of women at the Australian Defence Force Academy.”

The review will include an examination of “unhealthy drinking cultures”, the impact of social media, and a “cultural stocktake” that will look at the ADF’s codes of conduct and behaviours.

The review was announced by Smith at a press conference this afternoon. He was accompanied by the Chief of the Defence Force, Angus Houston. [Read more…]


Today’s Political Activity

These are today’s briefings from Queensland Premier Anna Bligh and others on Cyclone Yasi. [Read more…]


Stephen Smith and Jason Clare: Defence Press Conference

Defence Minister Stephen Smith and Defence Materiel Minister Jason Clare held a joint press conference today to outline defence procurement plans.

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Transcript of Stephen Smith and Jason Clare press conference.

STEPHEN SMITH:

I’m very pleased to be here with Jason Clare, the Minister for Defence Materiel. We have a range of announcements today but before I deal with those joint announcements can I just make some general remarks? We always knew that this year would be a big year for Defence particularly in terms of procurement and capability and reform in those areas but it’s already been a big year for Defence with the work that Australian Defence Force personnel have been doing, assisting in the floods in Queensland and Victoria. Can I again compliment the good work of our Defence personnel. [Read more…]


AUKMIN III Communique

The third Australia-UK Ministerial Consultations were held at HMAS Watson in Sydney. This is the Joint Communique issued after the talks.

A joint press conference was held after the meeting by the Australian and UK Foreign Ministers, Kevin Rudd and William Hague, and the Defence Ministers, Stephen Smith and Liam Fox. [Read more…]