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$10m for maritime research
A $10m Cavitation Research Laboratory has been
launched in Launceston to test the hydrodynamic
behaviour of structures submerged in flowing water,
such as submarines, ship hulls and underwater vehicles.
The new facility at the Australian Maritime
College will play a key role in enabling the Defence
Science and Technology Organisation (DSTO)
to provide crucial advice on the development of
Australia’s future submarine, the Air Warfare
Destroyer, minehunter vessels, patrol boats,
amphibious craft and other maritime platforms.
Ten-year anniversary for
The Australian-led International Force for East
Timor (INTERFET), which deployed to Dili on 20
September 1999 to restore peace and security, has
marked its 10-year anniversary.
Reflecting on the success of the mission,
the Minister for Defence, Senator John Faulkner,
paid tribute to the courage and professionalism of
Australian and coalition troops who rapidly worked
to assist the fledgling nation and prevent further
“The speed and effectiveness
of Australian forces in stemming the
violence during the early days of INTERFET
bears testimony to the quality and
professionalism of Australian troops,”
Senator Faulkner said.
At its height, around 5 700 Australian
troops consisting of three infantry
battalion groups and a headquarters were
deployed as part of the mission, making
it the largest deployment of Australian
troops since Vietnam.
The Defence Unexploded Ordnance
(UXO) information and advice internet site
has been upgraded, and is now the one-stop
shop for those wanting information or advice
on UXO in Australia
The Parliamentary Secretary for Defence
Support, the Hon Dr Mike Kelly, said UXO is
never too old to be dangerous.
“...as such any item found that is
suspected of being a UXO must not be
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facilities and upgrades to base infrastructure.
RAAF Base Amberley, Ipswich, Queensland:
About $7 million will be invested in facilities. The
proposed works include new training facilities and
Kokoda Barracks, Canungra, Queensland: About
$72 million will be invested in facilities. The
proposed works include new training and living in
For more detailed information on ELF Stage
2, visit http://www.aph.gov.au/house/committee/
Health Care trial
Twenty-five per cent of Defence
dependants are now eligible to
register for the Australian Defence
Force (ADF) Family Health Trial.
Greg Combet, Minister for Defence
Personnel, Materiel and Science, said the
expansion of the Trial will see approximately
13 300 additional Defence dependants able
to register for free basic healthcare.
“Stage Two of the trial includes Defence
families residing in Townsville and Tully in
Queensland, Puckapunyal in Victoria, Darwin,
Nhulunbuy and Alice Springs in the Northern
Territory, and Broome and Kununurra in
Western Australia,” Mr Combet said.
“Under the trial, dependants visiting
these doctors will be bulk billed for eligible
medical treatments such as general practice
consultations, diabetes, asthma and mental
health care, health assessments and both
cervical smear testing and obstetric care to
name a few.
“Doctors have been very supportive
across the Stage Two regions with just
under 100 registered to date.
“Under the Government’s ADF Family Health
Care trial, registered dependants are also able to
claim $300 each calendar year for all non-cosmetic
“With a large number of dental practices now
utilising electronic claims processing, the ADF
Family Health Card will enable most claims to be
completed at the time of service, reducing the
amount of out-of-pocket expenses.
“Dentists are not required to register for the
trial, and the benefits associated with the trial can
be accessed at any dentist in Australia.”
BeLOW: Vice chief of the Defence Force
Lieutenant general David Hurley gets to know
young Dallas credlin, in the arms of his mother
Nikita and flanked by father corporal scott
credlin, during the official launch of stage two
of the ADF Family Health Trial at Puckapunyal.
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