Gordon Campbell | Parliament TV | Parliament Today | Video | Questions Of the Day | Search

 


Defence Ministers meet to boost cooperation

Hon Dr Jonathan Coleman
Minister of Defence
Hon Stephen Smith
Australian Minister of Defence


16 November 2012

Media Statement

Defence Ministers meet to boost cooperation

Australian Minister for Defence Stephen Smith and New Zealand Minister of Defence Dr Jonathan Coleman met today in Perth for the Annual Australia-New Zealand Defence Ministers meeting.

The Ministers shared perspectives on regional and global security issues, identified areas of further practical Defence cooperation and acknowledged the ultimate sacrifice made by Australian and New Zealand defence personnel in Afghanistan.

Strengthening the Australia-New Zealand Defence Relationship

The Ministers considered the progress of implementation of the 2011 Review of the Australia New Zealand Defence Relationship which they endorsed in January 2012.

Ministers agreed to deepen practical cooperation by:

• Increasing collaboration between the two Navies regarding sealift and afloat support. They agreed to a mutual sealift cooperation programme. This will allow for cross crewing of Royal Australian Navy and Royal New Zealand Navy vessels and afloat support to each other’s fleets.

• New Zealand participating with embedded observers in the 2013 iteration of the biennial Australia-United States exercise, TALISMAN SABRE 2013 with the aim of full participation from 2015 onwards;

• Australia hosting a 1.5 Track dialogue in Canberra in December on common security challenges;

• Agreeing to complementary personnel exchanges, such as New Zealand’s secondment to the Australian Civil Military Centre;

• Collaborating on Pacific maritime security, in dialogue with partners in the region.

Enhanced maritime cooperation

Consistent with ongoing bilateral maritime and humanitarian assistance and disaster relief cooperation the Ministers today announced the next phase in maritime capability sharing.

Following on from successful secondments of New Zealand crew on Australian warships, Australia will provide seconded crew to Royal New Zealand Navy over the course of 2013.

“This is a practical programme that enhances maritime interoperability”, said Minister Smith.

Australia and New Zealand’s shared interests in the region

“The successful conclusion of the East Timor national elections in July this year marked a turning point for our operations in that country. After six years in East Timor, we are now planning the drawdown of the International Stabilisation Force in parallel with the planned drawdown of the United Nations mission, said Minister Smith.

In light of continued stability in the Solomon Islands, the Ministers looked forward to the withdrawal of Defence contributions to the Regional Assistance Mission to Solomon Islands, expected in the second half of 2013.

The Ministers acknowledged the close cooperation between Australia and New Zealand in support of the recent Papua New Guinea National Elections. New Zealand provided important rotary wing support to the Australian-led operation, which contributed significantly to the conduct of their election. The success of this combined operation highlighted the strength of the relationship and provides a model for future regional defence cooperation.

“The close Australia-New Zealand defence relationship has increased our capabilities to meet common security challenges, and we are committed to working to build on past success,” said Dr Coleman.

The Ministers reiterated their commitment to long-term security cooperation with regional neighbours and welcomed Tonga’s offer to hold a Pacific Defence Ministers’ meeting early in 2013.

“The forthcoming South Pacific Defence Ministers meeting reflects both Australia and New Zealand’s commitment to work closely with our Pacific Island partners to further strengthen regional security,” said Minister Smith.

Ministers discussed Australia’s plans for a Pacific Maritime Security Program to replace the Pacific Patrol Boat Program. Ministers agreed Australia and New Zealand would continue to collaborate on Pacific maritime security, working all the time in close partnership with Pacific Island countries.

Australia and New Zealand’s interests in the wider world

Mr Smith updated Dr Coleman on the progress in developing the 2013 Defence White Paper announced in May this year. Ministers also discussed strategic developments in the Asia-Pacific and affirmed Australia and New Zealand’s commitment to work closely with regional partners, including through the ASEAN Defence Ministers Meeting Plus process.


ENDS

© Scoop Media

 
 
 
 
 
Parliament Headlines | Politics Headlines | Regional Headlines

 

Land Swap: Setback For Ruataniwha Scheme As Forest & Bird Wins Appeal

The Royal Forest & Bird Protection Society has won an appeal against a proposed land swap by the Department of Conservation which would have allowed 22 hectares of Ruahine Forest Park be flooded as part of the Ruataniwha Water Storage Scheme that will provide irrigation for farmers. More>>

ALSO:

Up: Official July Crime Stats Released

Official crime statistics for July 2016 show that Police recorded 11,171 more victimisations than the same period last year, which equates to a 2.3 per cent increase. More than three quarters of this increase can be attributed to burglaries. More>>

ALSO:

Gordon Campbell: On The Judith Collins Charm Offensive

Suddenly, Judith Collins is everyone’s new best friend. It isn’t an election year, but the Corrections/Police Minister is treating 2016 as an opportunity for a political makeover… Feel that the Police don’t attend burglaries often enough, or assiduously enough? She’s the peoples’ champ on that one. More>>

PM's Press Conference: Crime And Diplomacy

The Prime Minister's press conference today was dominated by foreign affairs and an open letter from the PM to the Chinese community on crime. More>>

ACC: Govt Caught In Unethical Cluster Bomb Investments

The ACC Fund admitted that it had $1.4 million invested in cluster munitions and nuclear weapons manufacturer Lockheed Martin. Before responding to the Green Party’s request for information,however, ACC sold its Lockheed investment and updated its ethical investment policy. More>>

ALSO:

Local Governments To Decide: Easter Trading Bill Passes

The union representing working people in the retail industry is condemning the Government for whipping its MPs to pass the controversial Shop Trading Hours Amendment Bill. More>>

ALSO:

Departure Speech: Governor-General’s State Farewell Luncheon

"...Unfortunately I was unable to get to the Antarctic, the Chatham Islands and the Kermadecs. A dicky heart thwarted our travel to the Antarctic; and even though I volunteered to parachute into the Kermadecs to join the Young Blake expedition, time, commitments and officials frustrated my plans to visit the Kermadecs and Chathams." More>>

ALSO:

New Research: Most Homeless People Working Or Studying

“The cost of housing has been rising without corresponding increases in income, whilst the number of state houses per capita has been in decline. Many low-income people are missing out on housing, whether we recognise them as ‘homeless’ or not. More>>

ALSO:

Post-Traynor: New Offender Info Sharing Plan

“This Bill delivers on that step-change by moving away from name-based records held by individual agencies to a shared, anchor identity based on unalterable information, such as fingerprints and facial recognition. It also gives agencies access to the drivers’ licence photo database and birth, death and marriages information." More>>

  • NZ Law Foundation - New $2M fund for research on information challenges
  • Get More From Scoop

     

    LATEST HEADLINES

     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
     
    Parliament
    Search Scoop  
     
     
    Powered by Vodafone
    NZ independent news