04 June 2009

Senator Faulkner named new Defence Minister

Prime Minister Kevin Rudd has just named Senator John Faulkner (ALP-NSW) as the new Minister for Defence. Faulkner's biography can be found here. Previously he served in the cabinet of former PM Paul Keating as Minister for Veterans Affairs and Minister for Defence Science and Personnel. Faulkner brings a wealth of experience to the defence's top job on issues affecting ADF enlisted and officer personnel given his previous defence portfolios. He was first elected to the Senate in 1989 from the state of New South Wales following the retirement of Senator Arthur Gietzelt. Considered a progressive member of Parliament, Faulkner supported recent sweeping reforms to Australia's military justice system which did away with the courts-martial system in favour of the Australian Military Court.

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