Building on its long history as a forward operating base, Darwin is ready to support our future submarine operations. Though it’s commonly seen as unsuitable as a home port for submarines, that doesn’t disqualify Darwin from playing a logistic support role to resupply and maintain the boats mid-patrol and rotate out their crew.
A 2016 report by the Defence Science […]Oct 24 2019
Last week, I joined the Leader of the Opposition in the Australian Parliament Anthony Albanese and shadow foreign minister Penny Wong on a visit to Jakarta to continue discussions with Indonesian colleagues and friends on the future of our bilateral relationship.
It was far from our first working visit. In 2012, then-Minister Albanese played a key […]Sep 02 2019
The message to Canberra from the Northern Territory is clear – Prime Minister Scott Morrison must stop neglecting the Top End.
That’s the message from First Nations communities and representatives of the tourism, agriculture, business and cattle industries from Darwin to Katherine.
The Government’s Northern Australia Agenda, led by Minister Matt Canavan, has been a failure.
People across […]Aug 29 2019
As it did in the 1940s, Darwin once again finds itself in the limelight for reasons that have less to do with its natural attractions, and more to do with its strategic geography. This week saw the debate over the ownership of Darwin Port reignited by bipartisan calls to nationalise it on security grounds. At […]Aug 12 2019
SPEECH – Timor Sea Maritime Boundaries Treaty Consequential Amendments Bill 2019, Passenger Movement Charge Amendment (Timor Sea Maritime Boundaries Treaty) Bill 2019, Treasury Laws Amendment (Timor Sea Maritime Boundaries Treaty) Bill 2019
I want to acknowledge the Labor leader for his contribution to this debate on the Timor Sea Maritime Boundaries Treaty Consequential Amendments Bill 2019 and related legislation, and also the member for Hunter. Hopefully we’ll hear from the member for Lingiari, my colleague from the Northern Territory, who’s had a very long history working in […]Jul 25 2019
Darwin’s location is of strategic importance. We are at the doorstep of one of the world’s busiest shipping corridors and we have the only functional deep water port on the north coast of Australia. Our location is pivotal for national security.
It is imperative that all of the Territory’s elected members cast aside partisan politics and support the […]Jul 21 2019
The Member for Solomon Luke Gosling will lead a special Regional Trade Taskforce of the Caucus to assist in the development of trade policies that will boost economic growth and create jobs for Australians.
The Taskforce will focus on trade links with the Asia-Pacific Region.
It will consult with businesses, hold industry forums and report to the […]Jun 16 2019
A Shorten Labor Government will invest $300 million in the construction of a new Ship Lift in the Northern Territory; unlocking jobs, driving investment and solidifying Darwin’s position as a hub for marine maintenance and servicing.
This election is a choice between a Shorten Labor Government creating jobs for the Northern Territory, or more cuts and […]May 03 2019
A Shorten Labor Government will invest $2 million in strategies to raise educational outcomes in the Northern Territory.
Labor’s funding will support Charles Darwin University to address attrition rates in higher education, particularly among regional and remote students. CDU will adopt a holistic approach to improve student retention and success, including providing best practice student support […]May 02 2019
A Shorten Labor Government will conduct the first review of Australia’s force posture since 2012 as one of its first acts.
This election will be a choice between a united Shorten Labor Government with a plan for Australia’s national security, and the Liberals who only see defence through the prism of their leadership chaos.Apr 30 2019
The world looks different from when Australia’s last […]