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About the 2020 event

The federal budget, delivered in early October, will give greater insights into spending priorities over the coming period.
The Defence Connect Budget Lunch will offer the opportunity to engage directly with the decision makers and thought leaders charged with delivering the government’s increased defence spending programs and shaping our national security infrastructure.

The lunch includes senior speakers from both sides of the aisle, offering each of them the opportunity to articulate or debate the finer points of the federal budget and contest it in live Q&A sessions.

Minister for Defence Industry, The Hon Melissa Price MP will be joined by opposition defence spokespeople:

  • Meryl Swanson MP, Shadow Assistant Minister for Defence
  • Matt Keogh MP, Shadow Minister for Defence Industry

These policymakers will also be joined by senior stakeholders from the defence sector to offer insights, analysis and interpretation of the budget during the lunch, including:

  • The Hon Christopher Pyne, Chairman of Pyne and Partners and former defence minister
  • Senator Jim Molan AO,DSC, Senator for New South Wales and Major General (Retd), Australian Army
  • Dr Marcus Hellyer, ASPI Senior Analyst for Defence Economics and Capability

Why register for the 2020 Defence Connect Budget Lunch

Watch live and get insights and market intelligence to help shape your business strategy and make more informed decisions.

Engage with the Defence Industry Minister, opposition policymakers and defence experts as they challenge and debate defence spending and strategic priorities for Australia and defence industry.

Defence Connect will strike a balance between thought-provoking discussion and debate, matched with an upbeat and dynamic tempo – with the Defence Industry Minister and the opposition defence spokespeople giving a sharp, focused address followed by a moderated Q&A session.

The event will be live streamed, allowing defence businesses across the nation, and globally, the opportunity to host their own boardroom functions from their offices or another location.