House debates

Monday, 29 July 2019

Statements by Members

Australian Defence Force Parliamentary Program

4:21 pm

Photo of Shayne NeumannShayne Neumann (Blair, Australian Labor Party, Shadow Minister for Veterans' Affairs and Defence Personnel) Share this | | Hansard source

It was my privilege to once again attend the ADF parliamentary defence program. This year I joined the Joint Logistics Command unit, South East Queensland, which covers RAAF bases at Amberley, Meeandah, Enoggera and Oakey. Amberley is based in the electorate of Blair. The mission of JLCU is to integrate, synchronise and deliver logistics capability to increase the ADF's war fighting capacity. I want to thank a number of people who provided assistance to me there to increase my knowledge and education. Of course, Lieutenant Colonel Meegan Olding, the commanding officer, provided sage advice to me, as well as: Steven Robinson, the South Queensland regional manager of Linfox; Max Walker, JLU Manager of Broadspectrum; also Stephen Ling, who have I have known for many years and who is an old mate of mine, provided assistance.

These programs are very, very important for politicians. I have done many of them over the 12 years I have been in this place. They help you to understand and appreciate the professionalism, competency and capacity, the service and dedication, and the discipline of ADF personnel. I congratulate everyone associated with this program.