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September 30, 2010
CDF ACM Angus Houston is looking
forward to working with new Defence
Minister Stephen Smith.
At a press round-table, ACM
Houston said that Mr Smith was a
capable and experienced minister who
knew all about Afghanistan and had
been there when all the big decisions
"He's a hell of a nice guy," ACM
Mr Smith completed his Bachelor
of Arts and Bachelor of Laws at the
University of Western Australia. He
practised as a barrister and solicitor
in Perth, then completed a Master of
Laws at London University, and sub-
sequently lectured and tutored in law
Mr Smith has been the Federal
Member for Perth since March 1993
and has served on numerous par-
liamentary committees. Before his
appointment as foreign minister he
held a range of shadow ministries.
At a press conference, he said he
was looking forward to a parliamen-
tary debate on Afghanistan.
"It is a difficult and dangerous
mission, and our objective is to enable
the Afghan government, the Afghan
security services and the Afghan army
to take responsibility for security mat-
ters in Afghanistan," he said.
"Our objective is to prevent
Afghanistan from again being a
breeding ground or a hotbed of inter-
He said Australians would also
focus on the tragedy that our service
overseas in conflicts brings but they
also recognised the terrible conse-
quences if international terrorism was
allowed to run free.
Warren Snowdon is returning as
Minister for Veterans' Affairs and
Defence Science and Personnel and
retaining responsibility for Indigenous
Mr Snowdon was born in
He graduated with a Bachelor of
Arts degree in 1973 and then complet-
ed a Diploma in Education in 1975,
moving to the Northern Territory to
work as a teacher in Darwin.
Between 1978 and 1981, he
worked as a researcher at the
Australian National University's
Centre for Resource and
He was elected to parlia-
ment in 1987 and was appointed
Parliamentary Secretary for various
He has been a member of several
parliamentary committees and various
The Minister for Defence Materiel,
Jason Clare, was elected to the fed-
eral parliament at the November 2007
election. In 2009, he was appointed
parliamentary secretary for employ-
ment. Mr Clare holds Arts and Law
degrees with Honours from the
University of NSW. He was a senior
adviser to former NSW premier Bob
Carr and an executive at Transurban,
one of Australia's top 100 companies.
The Parliamentary Secretary for
Defence, David Feeney, was elected
to the Senate for Victoria in 2007. He
has served on a number of committees
including the Joint Statutory Committee
for Public Accounts and Audit.
PASSING THE BATON:
Minister Stephen Smith,
above, and the outgoing
John Faulkner with well-
wishers at Russell, right.
Photos: Mark Brennan
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