6th June 2022
Statement on appointment to Shadow Ministry
It is an honour and a privilege to have been appointed to the Shadow Ministry as Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence.
As someone who served in the Army as an infantry soldier with deployments to Afghanistan and East Timor, I am humbled to be able to continue to serve our nation, and the wider Defence community, with this additional responsibility.
We are facing a period of global uncertainty, with specific threats in our own region, the likes of which my generation has not seen before.
Every day the brave and professional men and women of the ADF work to prepare for the unknown and prevent the unthinkable.
They deserve to have every support and capability possible that our nation can provide, to enable them to do the difficult job they are entrusted with – and make sacrifices for – every day.
I am proud to have been part of a Government which made tough but necessary decisions to support the ADF and strengthen our national security, under one of our nation’s finest Defence Ministers, Peter Dutton. The AUKUS agreement, the Black Hawk and Apache helicopter acquisitions, and a Defence Budget of more than 2% of GDP will have positive impacts for many years to come.
Now is not the time to go backwards. We must continue to invest in our people and improve our capability, working together for the sake of our national security.
I commit to bringing a positive contribution and unique insight to the table, while holding the new government to account.
I look forward to continuing to advocate for the men and women of the ADF, veterans and their families, to ensure they are not left behind.
I’d like to pay tribute to the Opposition Leader Peter Dutton for his leadership in the Defence portfolio, and thank him for the opportunity to serve in his Shadow Ministry. I look forward to working with my colleagues Andrew Hastie, Barnaby Joyce and Luke Howarth in the Defence and Veterans portfolios.