Minister for Defence, Joel Fitzgibbon has launched the Defence White Paper Community Consultation Program and released a public discussion paper Key Questions for Defence in the 21st Century, and called for submissions from the public.
In February, the Minister announced the commissioning of a new Defence White Paper, and this Community Consultation Program is part of the White Paper development process. It aims to encourage community interest in the policy making process and to obtain the views of Australians about the Defence Force.
The Community Consultation Program will include opportunities for public contribution during open meetings in major capital cities and key regional centres across the country. There will also be opportunities for dialogue between the panel and State and Territory politicians, industry representatives and Defence analysts and commentators.
A copy of the public discussion paper, program of consultation activities and biographical details for panel members can be accessed at http://www.defence.gov.au/whitepaper/discusspaper.htm