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Hill Details Defence Support To Tsunami Relief In Aceh

This is the text of a media release from the Minister for Defence, Senator Robert Hill, detailing Defence support in Aceh.

DEFENCE SUPPORT TO TSUNAMI RELIEF IN ACEH

Senator Robert Hill, Minister for DefenceDefence Minister Senator Robert Hill today confirmed that the Health Support Company (Field Hospital) which recently deployed to Indonesia will be based in Banda Aceh, following a request from Indonesian authorities.

“Following the destruction of virtually all infrastructure, it is crucial that Australia not only provides support, but provides the right type support in the right places. The Health Support Company will provide essential medical support in the area where it is needed most,” Senator Hill said.

The Australian Defence Force (ADF) has also sent a small team of specialists to assist in the establishment and operation of an air operations centre. The centre will streamline the flow of urgently needed aid by reducing congestion and coordinating air movements. [Read more…]


Robert Hill: Anzac Day Speech At Lone Pine

This is the text of the speech delivered at Lone Pine, Gallipoli, by the Minister for Defence, Senator Robert Hill.

Speech by Defence Minister Robert Hill at Lone Pine, Gallipoli.

HillWe gather at this now peaceful spot to honour all those who served and those who never returned from battlefields like these. On this day we remember the loss of so many Australians and the grief that their deaths caused in so many homes.

Lone Pine has a special place in the hearts of Australians. At this place some of the harshest fighting of the Gallipoli campaign took place. Given a near impossible task, the ANZACs managed to capture this position, though at a dreadful cost.

The attack tied up significant Turkish forces and incidentally helped our friends from New Zealand who were attempting to take Chunuk Bair, just a few kilometres north of here. [Read more…]


Hill Lauds Commitment As 13,000 Attend Anzac Service At Gallipoli

This is the text of a doorstop interview held by the Minister for Defence, Senator Robert Hill, at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli.

Interview with Senator Robert Hill at Anzac Cove, Gallipoli.

JOURNALIST:

Senator Hill, the Government puts out a travel warning and 12,000 – 13,000 Australians and New Zealanders turn up, what’s your response to that? [Read more…]


Anzac Day Dawn Service: Speech At Gallipoli By Defence Minister Hill

This is the text of the speech delivered at the Anzac Day Dawn Service at Gallipoli, Turkey, by the Minister for Defence, Senator Robert Hill.

Gallipoli Anzac Day Dawn Service speech by Senator Robert Hill.

HillWe stand here this morning to remember all those who suffered and died at this place 89 years ago.

We pay homage not only to the Australians and New Zealanders, but also men from Britain, France, Canada, India and Newfoundland. We remember the brave Turks who defended this ground.

In time, we have ceased to distinguish between the loss of friend or foe – all who fought here shared a common sacrifice, and those who remember them share their legacy of courage. [Read more…]


Australia’s Defence Well Prepared, But ALP Would Make Us Vulnerable: Hill

This is the text of the speech delivered by the Minister for Defence, Senator Robert Hill, to the 2004 Federal and Queensland Convention of the Young Liberal Movement, in Surfers Paradise.

Transcript of speech by Senator Robert Hill.

HillGood morning.

The Liberal Party has long distinguished itself from Labor and the other political parties by its cool-headed appreciation of the importance of national security. In contrast to Labor, the Liberal Party is not divided on ideological grounds. We will put Australia’s interests first but will not turn out back on friends and allies. We will tackle problems head on rather then hope for the best. Providing national security is the first priority of government. To do this we need to understand the security environment that we inhabit. [Read more…]


Sometimes No Alternative To Force: Defence Minister

This is the text of the Anzac Day speech delivered by the Minister for Defence, Senator Robert Hill, at the Dawn Service, on HMAS Kanimbla, in the Persian Gulf.

The speech was given just a month after the start of the Iraq war.

Senator Robert HillOn this day last year I had the honour to present the ANZAC Day address at the national commemoration in the forecourt of the Australian War Memorial. The War Memorial in Canberra is a poignant reminder of the enormous sacrifice that has been made by so many Australians over the generations. They were lives lost to preserve our freedom and that of our friends and allies – often very distant from Australian shores and in many instances in this region of the world. [Read more…]


Daily Defence Briefing On Iraq

This is the daily Defence Department briefing on the war in Iraq.

The briefing on Operation Falconer was given by Brigadier Mike Hannan. He announced that the Minister for Defence, Senator Robert Hill, had left fo rhte Middle East to meet with Australian troops. [Read more…]