Midway through last November I had the opportunity to attend the 3rd Annual Curtin University National Security & Strategy Workshop. The keynote speaker was the Minister for Defence, the Hon. Stephen Smith MP. He spoke at length on a number of upcoming challenges to the Australian security environment during his presentation, including the AUS-US alliance, and the ADF’s future force posture. I have included the full text of his speech as an online record. Many thanks to Dr Alexey Muraviev for providing me with the transcript.
Thank you Dr Alexey Muraviev for that introduction.
Distinguished guests, ladies and gentlemen.
It is a pleasure to be at the 2011 National Security & Strategy Workshop, the third such annual Workshop held by Curtin University.
This annual strategic series now plays an important role in providing a dedicated forum for government, business, academia, and the wider Western Australian community to discuss and debate issues of strategic significance for Australia and our region. It is fitting that this is done under the banner of the University that bears John Curtin’s name.