Opportunities for Western Australia's Defence Industry

Opportunities for Western Australia's Defence Industry

Opportunities for Western Australia's Defence Industry

By Hugo Seymour from Perth USAsia Centre | 22 Sep 2017

Opportunities for Western Australia's Defence Industry teaser The Perth USAsia Centre convened a private discussion on 22 September 2017 with Hon. Paul Papalia CSC MLA on the opportunities for Western Australia's Defence Industry.  Minister Papalia is Western Australia's first Minister for Defence Issues.

Key Takeaways
  • Minister Papalia spoke on his Government’s priorities within the Defence issues portfolio, as well as his vision on how Western Australia can expand its advanced defence capabilities sector.
  • 2017 has seen a year of big pronouncements on defence industry expansion at the Federal and State level. In May, Minister Papalia and Premier Mark McGowan launched Defence West, a specialised defence office to promote defence contracts and defence employment in Western Australia, in addition to the Federal Government releasing its Naval Shipbuilding Plan.
  • Western Australia has considerable naval and shipbuilding capability at the Australian Marine Complex in Henderson, developing further capacity at Henderson and leveraging the State's advanced manufacturing skills is a key focus of the Government.
  • Minister Papalia is Western Australia's first Minister for Defence Issues, as well as Minister for Tourism; Racing and Gaming; Small Business; Defence Issues; Citizenship and Multicultural Interests, on 17 March 2017.  
  • Minister Papalia has been a member of the WA Legislative Assembly since 2007, following a distinguished career in the Royal Australian Navy.  Mr Papalia was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross following service with UNSCOM in Iraq in the First Gulf War.

Hugo Seymour is a Research and Program Assistant at the Perth USAsia Centre

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