Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Hon Paul Papalia CSC MLA

Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests

    WA to welcome defence industry leaders

    5/03/2018 8:30 AM
    • Australian Industry Group's Defence Council to visit Perth in coming days
    • Membership includes leaders of Australia's top defence companies
    • First time the Defence Council has visited Western Australia 

    The Western Australian Government will host leaders from leading national defence companies in a visit designed to highlight the capabilities of the local defence sector.


    The Australian Industry Group's Defence Council is a leading voice for the Australian defence industry, and its membership includes the chief executive officers of leading defence companies.


    The Defence Council will visit Perth on March 7 and 8 to hold a meeting of its executive, and meet with local industry and the Western Australian Government. This is the first time the Defence Council has visited Perth.


    The Defence Council will also visit Rio Tinto's Remote Operations Centre, highlighting the existing skills and technologies in WA which may be transferred to the defence sector.


    The McGowan Government is supporting the WA defence sector through the appointment of a dedicated Minister for Defence Issues and a Defence Advocate, and the establishment of the Office of Defence West.


    Comments attributed to Defence Issues Minister Paul Papalia:


    "Since our election a year ago, we've been working to raise the profile of the local defence sector, and this visit is proof that those efforts are being noticed on a national scale.


    "The Premier and I look forward to meeting the Defence Council, and discussing with them Western Australia's potential and ability to play a much larger role in supporting national defence efforts.


    "This visit provides an opportunity to showcase how WA is leading the way when it comes to remote and autonomous technology in our mining sector, which is an area of great importance for the future of defence.


    "The McGowan Government is committed to supporting the State's defence sector to diversify the State's economy and create jobs for Western Australians."


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