Western Australian Indo-Pacific Defence Conference 2018
Setting a strategic agenda for policy, defence, resources, industry and technology in the emerging Indo-Pacific Region from Australia’s Indian-Ocean capital, Perth.
Date and Time: 30 October 2018, 8:00am - 5:00pm
Location: Crown Towers, Crown Ballroom, Burswood
While the trend toward an increasingly integrated Indo-Pacific was initially viewed from the perspective of economics, trade and energy flows, it is increasingly apparent that the rise of the Indo-Pacific era also has major implications for national defence and regional security.
The 2018 Western Australian Indo-Pacific Defence Conference will convene strategic thinkers from the military, industry, academic and government in Perth Australia, home to Australia’s largest naval base, a growing defence industry, and a vibrant civic and academic community.
Defence West in the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation in partnership with the Perth USAsia Centre at The University of Western Australia will convene the 2018 Western Australian Indo-Pacific Defence Conference. This event will examine the broader geo-strategic environment of the Indo-Pacific and the important role Australia will continue to play in the region via its expertise in defence capability and resources. We also hope to showcase regional opportunities to WA-based industries, as well as national and international stakeholders.
This conference will promote the State’s defence capability to national and international defence stakeholders. The aim is to provide new and relevant information from high-level speakers to educate and inspire our local industry, and to assist them in becoming world class and globally competitive (export ready).
The Hon. Paul Papalia MLA, Minister for Defence Issues
As Western Australia’s Minister for Defence Issues, I am committed to promoting our capabilities and harnessing the State’s competitive edge to maximise our contribution to national and international defence business opportunities.
Western Australia has a long and proud history of servicing and contributing to the national and international defence industry – through innovation, collaboration and providing value for money.
Defence West in the Department of Jobs, Tourism, Science and Innovation, in partnership with the Perth USAsia Centre and with the support of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry and Western Australian universities, will convene the 2018 Indo-Pacific Defence Conference at the Crown Towers on Tuesday 30 October.
The Conference theme recognises the Indo-Pacific’s role as a key economic and trade zone and the emerging implications for national defence and regional security. It is designed to establish an ongoing dialogue that builds upon WA’s existing strategic economic and locational links in the Indo-pacific region and the potential for a greater contribution to national and regional defence and security matters.
The conference will provide industry and in particular small-to-medium enterprises (SMEs), with the opportunity to consider the geo-strategic environment in the Indo-Pacific region and the implications and opportunities for defence and security from a regional, local and national perspective.
This event also provides an opportunity to showcase the best of existing WA based defence industrial and research capabilities to national and international stakeholders as well as highlight to local industry the key elements for a business to be able to deliver world-class globally competitive defence and security products and services.
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The Hon. Kim Beazley AC
Governor of Western Australia
The Honourable Kim Beazley AC is the 33rd Governor of Western Australia. Prior to being installed as Governor on the 1st May 2018, Mr Beazley had dedicated almost three decades to a career in Federal Parliament, representing the WA seats of Brand and Swan. In 2009, Mr Beazley was awarded the Companion of the Order of Australia for service to the Parliament of Australia through contributions to the development of government policies in relation to defence and international relations, and as an advocate for Indigenous people, and to the community.
Senator The Hon. Marise Payne
Australia's Minister for Defence
Marise Payne is Australia’s 53rd Minister for Defence. She was sworn in on 21 September 2015 after previously serving as the Minister for Human Services for two years. She has more than two decades Parliamentary experience after filling a casual vacancy in 1997 to represent the people of New South Wales in the Australian Senate. During her parliamentary career she has served as Shadow Minister for Indigenous Development and Employment, Shadow Minister for COAG [Council of Australian Governments] and Shadow Minister for Housing. She has been a member of a number of Joint and Senate committees, including 12 years on the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade, including a period as Chair of its Human Rights subcommittee.
The Hon. Christopher Pyne MP
Minister for Defence Industry
Christopher Pyne was elected to the House of Representatives for the seat of Sturt in 1993. Christopher is the Minister for Defence Industry, and Leader of the House of Representatives, responsible for delivering the $200 billion build up of Australia’s military capability, the largest in our peacetime history. Christopher has been a Minister in the Howard, Abbott and Turnbull Governments serving as Minister for Ageing; Minister for Education and Training and Minister for Industry Innovation and Science.
The Hon. Richard Marles MP
Shadow Defence Minister
Richard Marles is currently the Shadow Minister for Defence and the Federal Member for Corio. Richard’s previous appointments include Shadow Minister for Immigration and Border Protection, Minister of Trade, Parliamentary Secretary for Foreign Affairs, Parliamentary Secretary for Pacific Island Affairs, Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry, and Chair of the House of Representatives Standing Committee on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Island Affairs.
The Hon. David Johnston
Australian Defence Export Advocate; former Minister for Defence
David graduated with a law degree from the University of Western Australia in 1979. He practiced for many years as a barrister and solicitor both in Kalgoorlie and Perth, in areas including criminal, mining, native title and administrative law. In March 2007 David was appointed by Prime Minister John Howard to serve as Minister for Justice and Customs. Following the 2007 election David became a member of the Shadow Cabinet, both as Shadow Minister for Resources, Energy and Tourism until September 2008 when he was appointed Shadow Minister for Defence, a position he held until the September 2013 federal election. David is the former Minister for Defence and is currently the Australian Defence Export Advocate, appointed by Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne.
Senator Linda Reynolds CSC
Senator for Western Australia
Senator Reynolds was elected to the Australian Senate in 2014 and is a passionate representative for her state of Western Australia. She has more than 20 years’ experience at the national political level working for Ministers, Members of Parliament and the Liberal Party of Australia. Senator Reynolds served for 29 years in the Australian Army as a Reserve Officer, in a wide range of part and full time appointments. Senator Reynolds is pursuing new defence and space industry opportunities for WA, innovation, gender equality and federation reform.
Professor Stephen Smith
Director, Perth USAsia Centre; Former Australian Minister for Defence and Foreign Affairs
Professor Smith was Federal Member for Perth for the Australian Labor Party from March 1993 until September 2013. In a distinguished career spanning 20 years in the Australian Federal Parliament, Professor Smith served as the Minister for Defence, and prior to that, as Minister for Foreign Affairs. Read more
Dr Sheila A. Smith
Senior Fellow for Japan Studies, Council on Foreign Relations
Sheila A. Smith, an expert on Japanese politics and foreign policy, is senior fellow for Japan studies at the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR). She is the author of Intimate Rivals: Japanese Domestic Politics and a Rising China (Columbia University Press, 2015) and Japan's New Politics and the U.S.-Japan Alliance (Council on Foreign Relations, June 2014). Her current research focuses on how geostrategic change in Asia is shaping Japan's strategic choices. In the fall of 2014, Smith began a project on Northeast Asian Nationalisms and Alliance Management. Read more
Distinguished Fellow, Foreign Policy, Brookings
Shivshankar Menon is a distinguished fellow in the Foreign Policy program at Brookings. His long career in public service spans diplomacy, national security, atomic energy, disarmament policy, and India’s relations with its neighbors and major global powers. Prior to joining Brookings, Menon served as national security advisor to the Indian Prime Minister from January 2010 to May 2014. He currently serves as chairman of the advisory board of the Institute of Chinese Studies in New Delhi. He is the author of “Choices: Inside the Making of Indian Foreign Policy” published by the Brookings Press and Penguin Random House in 2016. Read more
Professor L. Gordon Flake
CEO, Perth USAsia Centre
L. Gordon Flake is the founding CEO of the Perth USAsia Centre. Having built an internationally recognised profile in Washington DC through his think-tank expertise and leadership, Prof Flake relocated to Perth to establish the Centre and to build a broader world-class Indo-Pacific strategic community. Prior to joining the Centre, he was the Executive Director of the Maureen and Mike Mansfield Foundation, a Senior Fellow and Associate Director of the Program on Conflict Resolution at The Atlantic Council of the United States and prior to that Director for Research and Academic Affairs at the Korea Economic Institute of America.
Managing Director, Lürssen Group
Mr Peter Lürssen has been the Managing Director of the Lürssen Group since 1993 and has responsibilities for the company’s yacht and defence businesses in selected countries. Prior to this Peter was a Managing Director of Fr. Lürssen Werft GmbH & Co. KG. Peter has extensive experience working in the industry since 1978 and worked as a construction supervisor in Japan between 1984 and 1985. Peter holds a Master of Business Administration from the Johnson Graduate School of Manages at Cornell University and holds qualifications as a Naval Architect and Industrial Engineer from the Technical School in Kiel, Germany.
Professor Noboru Yamaguchi
Professor, Graduate School of International Relations, International University of Japan
Lt. Gen. Yamaguchi previously served as Senior Defense Attaché at the Japanese Embassy in the United States (1999-2001), Vice President of the National Institute for Defense Studies (2005-2006), and Commanding General of the GSDF Research and Development Command (2006-2008). In April 2009, Lt. Gen. Yamaguchi joined the NDA as Professor of Military History and Strategy. After the East Japan Great Earthquake, he served at the Prime Minister’s Official Residence as Special Adviser to the Cabinet on Crisis Management until September 2011. He was also previously a National Security Fellow at the John M. Olin Institute for Strategic Studies at Harvard University (1991-1992). He graduated from the NDA in 1974 majoring in applied physics and received his M.A. from the Fletcher School of Law and Diplomacy at Tufts University.
Professor Rory Medcalf
Head, National Security College
Professor Rory Medcalf has been Head of the National Security College at the Australian National University since January 2015. He has led the expansion of the College into policy engagement and futures analysis, in addition to its core work in education, executive development and research. His professional background involves almost three decades of experience across diplomacy, intelligence, think tanks and journalism, including as inaugural Director of the International Security Program at the Lowy Institute.
Dr Andrew Dowse AO
WA Universities supporting Defence
Andrew Dowse served as an electronic engineer with the Royal Australian Air Force over a 37 year career in areas such as air defence, IT, communications and electronic warfare. His senior appointments included oversight of Defence capability planning, Air Force strategy and his final posting as the Defence strategic J6. Andrew retired from active military service at the rank of Air Vice-Marshal in early 2018 and now works at Edith Cowan University, where he is developing research and education programs to support Defence.