Australia's defence future - Ministers Reynolds and Price

Australia's defence future - Ministers Reynolds and Price

Aug 19
At this pivotal time in our economy and in the region join CEDA members from across the country to hear from Federal Ministers leading Australia’s defence and defence industries. 


The Hon. Melissa Price, Federal Minister for Defence Industry
Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds, Federal Minister for Defence

Event overview

The Australian Government has committed to record defence spending in the coming years. These significant investments not only enhance defence capacity and capability but provide economic opportunity to grow our own defence industry and further strengthen our alliances. 

As Australia continues to assess the international strategic environment and our place in it, CEDA welcomes Federal Defence Minister, the Hon. Linda Reynolds, and Federal Defence Industry Minister, the Hon. Melissa Price to consider:        

  • The future of Australia’s sovereign defence capability 
  • What role the $270bn investment in defence and defence industries can play in Australia’s economic recovery. 
  • The role of the private sector and Australia’s institutions in protecting our businesses, individuals and communities.   
  • Opportunities for new collaboration and doing more business within existing strategic relationships and alliances. 
  • Australia’s future role in the Indo-Pacific and the importance of key markets and trading partners. 

Livestream start times:
SA/NT: 3.00pm 
WA: 1.30pm 

Meet the speakers

The Hon. Melissa Price
Federal Minister for Defence Industry

Melissa was sworn in as the Minister for Defence Industry on 29 May 2019. She was first elected to the Australian Parliament in 2013 as the Member for Durack – the largest electorate in Australia. Melissa has previously served in the Environment portfolio and has held a number of Parliamentary Committee roles including the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade. A lawyer by profession, Melissa brings over 20 years of experience in the private sector from a variety of commercial and legal roles. She has also supported the community through working with the not-for-profit sector.

Senator the Hon. Linda Reynolds
Federal Minister for Defence

Linda was sworn in as the Minister for Defence on 29 May 2019. She served for 29 years in the Australian Army as a Reserve Officer in a wide range of part and full time appointments. She was the first woman in the Australian Army Reserves to be promoted to the rank of Brigadier and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross. Linda was elected to the Australian Senate in 2014 and again in 2019.

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