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Member for Wannon, Dan Tehan has welcomed the release of the 2016 Defence White Paper, which sets out the Coalition Government’s comprehensive and responsible long-term plan to ensure Australia’s national security.

The White Paper recognises Australia’s security and prosperity is directly tied to the stability of our region and to the maintenance of a stable, rules-based global order. It positions Defence to respond to a broader range of security threats to Australians at home and abroad

This is the first time that a White Paper fully aligns strategy, capability and resources to make the Australian Defence Force (ADF) more capable, agile and potent.

Mr Tehan said, “the Turnbull Government is increasing Defence spending by $29.9 billion over the next decade.”

“Over the next ten years, the Government will invest around $195 billion on new and enhanced defence capabilities.  The defence strategy and capability plans in the White Paper have been independently costed to ensure they are achievable and affordable’’ Mr Tehan said.

To help achieve our capability plans, the Turnbull Government will maximise opportunities for competitive Australian businesses, including building export potential, depth of skills and diversification for the Australian defence industry.  This includes a commitment to cutting red tape and reducing the cost of doing business with Defence.

“The people of Wannon can be confident the Turnbull Government will continue to deliver on its most important task – defending our nation and protecting and promoting our national interests,” Mr Tehan said.

The 2016 Defence White Paper, Integrated Investment Program and Defence Industry Policy Statement are available at www.defence.gov.au/whitepaper

Media contact: Cate Mercer-Grant 03 5572 1100 or 0408 564 232

cate.mercer-grant@aph.gov.au

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