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that will ensure Defence performs the tasks that
Government sets, to the standard it expects;
and conforms to all relevant laws, regulations,
standards and community expectations.
“Balancing these needs can only be achieved
by paying careful attention to the principles of
good public sector governance,” Senator Faulkner
said during his speech.
The Minister also emphasised that Defence
deals with long-term issues, which don’t lend
themselves readily to short-term solutions.
“It is a singular, perhaps unique problem
Defence faces, that planning has to occur so far in
advance. This creates long-term consequences that
are not easy to resolve,” Senator Faulkner said.
“Successful governance, in any organisation,
takes continual effort and great conscientiousness.
The principles of good governance may be
straightforward, but the practice can be difficult
and complex. And, when it works, it’s invisible.
“Failures of governance, in contrast, are highly
visible. In the Defence portfolio, they can also be
extremely expensive, not only in terms of millions or
billions of dollars – but more importantly, in lives.
“I have had the good fortune to come into this
portfolio at a time when all the hard work of the
White Paper, the Pappas and Mortimer reviews and
the companion reviews, has been completed. And
I pay tribute to my predecessor, Joel Fitzgibbon,
and to Nick Warner and Angus Houston, for their
strong leadership in this regard. I have inherited a
comprehensive reform agenda and a department
and defence force committed to its implementation.
“I am determined to capitalise on their good
work and good will.
“But I am very confident that, as a result of
all the good work that has been done, as a result
of the commitment, hard work and resolve I have
already seen in Defence across the board and at
every level in just a few short months, we have
the appropriate governance framework to meet
these challenges and to strive for the very highest
standards of governance in Defence.”
Having now put his high expectations of
Defence firmly on the table, Senator Faulkner is
completely cognisant of the job at hand, while
categorically vowing to maintain all the standards
required for equipping and sustaining the men and
women of the ADF into the future.
“Yes, I have I have high expectations; yes, I
have absolute confidence that those expectations
will be met; and yes, I think the ADF is entitled to
have high expectations of me and more broadly in
the rest of Defence. I certainly hope that I am able
to meet those expectations.”
Turning advice into action:
In 2008, the Ministers and Parliamentary Secretaries
received 8944 pieces of correspondence and asked
for 1886 pieces of advice from the Department.
Between them, they received 3959 briefs for action
and 3041 briefs for advice, 112 cabinet briefs and
3542 ministerial representations.
Over the next year, the Minister for Defence is expecting
to take 30 submissions on major capability projects to
the National Security Committee of the Cabinet.
Achievements and plans for governance
■ External oversight of the Department is
improving, including through establishment of
the Defence Strategic Reform Advisory Board
■ In its response to the Mortimer review,
the Government is improving its capability
development and procurement processes
■ Through the White Paper we have achieved a
better alignment between government strategic
planning and Defence capability developments
■ The Government has fully funded Force 2030,
although there will be challenges in matching year-
by-year expenditure exactly to the agreed profile
■ Defence will invest approximately $30bn over the
next decade to remediate the Defence backbone
and provide funding to critical areas such as ICT
■ Defence is implementing reform that will impose
commercial discipline on Defence procurement
and sustainment as well as making the Defence
Materiel Organisation more business-like. A
range of human resource management powers
have been delegated to the CEO DMO and
flexible salary arrangements will be used to
attract the right staff, and
■ Improving the way Defence handles FOI requests.
Gratitude to Nick Warner
The Government extends its sincere gratitude to Nick
Warner for his work as Secretary of the Department
After three years at Defence, the Prime Minister
announced on 13 August that Mr Warner is to be
appointed Director-General of the Australian Secret
Intelligence Service (ASIS).
“Mr Warner has been a driving force behind the
Government’s reform program in Defence, particularly
in addressing what he as described as its ‘broken
backbone’,” Minister for Defence Senator John
“He has also been vitally involved in policy relating
to our missions in Afghanistan, East Timor and Iraq.
I thank him for his outstanding service.
“The Secretary of the Department of Finance and
Deregulation, Dr Ian Watt, will be appointed the
new Secretary of the Defence Department. I am
looking forward to working closely with him as the
Government continues to implement its Defence
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