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About the Budget Lunch

About the Budget Lunch

For the past two years, Defence Connect has brought together professionals from across the defence industry to hear from the nation's key decision makers and assess the impact of the federal budget on our industry.

This year, we will do the same and you’re invited to attend our free to attend live stream.

This must-attend live stream will offer the opportunity to listen to the decision makers and thought leaders charged with delivering the government’s defence programs and shaping our national security.

This is your chance to hear a series of interactive discussions between our keynote speakers, including veteran journalist and moderator Stan Grant, Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Melissa Price, and Shadow Minister for Defence Industry Matt Keogh.

The speakers will dive into the Coalition’s and Labor’s plans for the defence industry, delivering critical insights and interpretation of the budget while addressing key issues in defence and defence industry.

Register your free place now!

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HIGHLIGHTS FROM OUR 2022 LUNCH

Our 2022 Speakers

The Hon Melissa Price MP
The Hon Melissa Price MP
Minister for Defence Industry

Melissa was first elected to Parliament as the Member for Durack, the largest electorate in Australia covering more than 1.6 million square kilometres, in 2013. Born and raised in the gold mining town of Kalgoorlie, she relished the opportunity to represent the diverse interests of a rural electorate. Following the 2016 federal election, she was appointed to the Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade in September 2016.

Melissa’s engagement in progressing defence outcomes continued through her work on the Coalition Defence Policy Committee and the Defence Sub-Committee. In December 2017, she was elevated to the role of Assistant Minister for the Environment and continued in this role until August 2018, when she was sworn in as Minister for the Environment in the Morrison Government. With the Coalition returned to government at the 2019 Federal election, Melissa was sworn in as Minister for Defence Industry in May 2019.

A lawyer by profession before beginning her career as a politician, Melissa has more than 20 years' experience in the private sector, working in a variety of commercial and legal roles. Maintaining her connection to rural Australia through stints in regionally focused industries, Melissa also spent time working with the not-for-profit sector. She is a former Director of both the Cancer Council (WA) and BrightSpark Foundation, and a passionate supporter of child health and cancer research. Melissa is also a proud 16-year member of the Fremantle Football Club.

Matt Keogh MP
Matt Keogh MP
Shadow Minister for Defence Industry

Matt was elected as the first member for the Federal Division of Burt in the south-eastern suburbs of Perth at the 2016 Federal Election. Matt grew up in the Kelmscott Hills, attended school in Armadale and has strong ties to the local community.

Matt has worked closely with community organisations throughout his life in what is now known as the seat of Burt in Perth's south eastern suburbs. He continues to strive to “change the story” in the area.

Following the 2019 Federal Election Matt took on the Shadow Portfolio areas of Defence Industry and WA Resources, which are vitally important to WA and the nation as a whole.

He provides a WA perspective to these portfolios as well as through assisting the Shadow Minister for Small & Family Business.

Stan Grant
Stan Grant
International Affairs Editor, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation

Stan Grant is the International Affairs Editor for the Australian Broadcasting Corporation, a multi-award winning current affairs host, an author and an adventurer.Well known for having brought the former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull to tears when interviewed about Indigenous affairs on The Point, Stan’s keynotes are insightful, engaging, always professional and at times, controversial.Stan Grant’s Aboriginal heritage has shaped his dynamic, resilient personality. Born in Griffith in south-west New South Wales, in 1963, Stan Grant’s mother is from the Kamilaroi people and his father is of the Wiradjuri.Stan spent most of his childhood on the road living in small towns and Aboriginal communities across outback NSW. His father was an itinerant saw-miller who worked when and where he could. Stan moved so often he attended 12 different schools before he was in his teens.The early traveling gave Stan a love of adventure and stories. He grew up listening to the tales of his grandfather and uncles and aunts. Despite poverty and an early sporadic education the security of his family and the larger Aboriginal community gave him a strong platform for life.After attending University, Stan won a cadetship with the Macquarie Radio Network, launching a career in journalism that has spanned more than 30 years and more than 70 countries. In that time Stan has travelled the world covering the major stories of our time from the release of Nelson Mandela, the troubles in Northern Ireland, the death of Princess Diana, war in Iraq, the second Palestinian intifada, the war on terror, the South Asia Tsunami, the Pakistan Earthquake and the rise of China. Stan has hosted major news and current affairs programs on Australian commercial and public T.V. He has been a political correspondent for the ABC, a Europe correspondent for the Seven Network based in London and a senior international correspondent for the international broadcaster CNN based in Hong Kong and Beijing. Returning to Australia in 2013, Stan continued to cover international events for Sky News Australia and reignited his passion for telling the stories of his own indigenous people. He has worked as the Indigenous editor for the Guardian Australia, managing editor for National Indigenous Television and international editor for Sky News. In 2016 Stan Grant was appointed as the special advisor to the then Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull on Indigenous constitutional recognition. Stan has won many major awards including an Australian T.V Logie, a Columbia University Du-Pont Award (the broadcast equivalent of the Pulitzer Prize), and the prestigious U.S Peabody Award. He is a four-time winner of the highly prized Asia TV Awards including reporter of the year. Stan has written The Tears of Strangers and Talking To My Country (Harper Collins), and has published numerous articles and opinion pieces for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Australian. Stan Grant is passionate about justice and humanity. His years of international reporting has given him a deep understanding of how the world works. He is deeply immersed in the politics and history of Asia and the Middle East. He can link the importance of leadership and the impact of history and above all believes in the power and resilience of people.

William Magee
William Magee
Director Commercial Growth – Defence and Security, Momentum Media

William heads commercial expansion for Momentum defence and security business, and is responsible for the growth of a range of market and business intelligence platforms connected to this portfolio, including Defence Connect and Cyber Security Connect. William is an experienced sales executive with extensive knowledge working in government and policy-related industries. He has worked closely with numerous organisations, from large multinationals to government and the SME sector, to support business growth initiatives.

Sarah Cullens
Sarah Cullens
Founder & Managing Director, Precision Public Affairs
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Our 2022 Schedule and Agenda

Friday, 1 April 2022

11:30 AM

Welcome drinks & networking

12:15 AM

Welcome & Acknowledgment of Country from Defence Connect

William Magee
William Magee
Director Commercial Growth – Defence and Security, Momentum Media
12:20 PM

Introduction from Stan Grant

Hear from Stan Grant, global international affairs political reporter, as he unpacks the current state of defence from a global perspective and what it means for Australia and the Indo-Pacific. Stan will interpret and analyse the latest in election news and provide a wrap of the federal budget handed down just a few days prior.
Stan Grant
MC and Host
Stan Grant
International Affairs Editor, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation
12:40 PM

Welcome from our Principal Partner

12:45 PM

Welcome Address & Overview, Shadow Minister for Defence Industry

Hear from the Shadow Minister for Defence Industry and Shadow Minister Assisting for Small Business Matt Keogh MP as he details the Opposition's plans for defence and defence industry. Take part in an interactive discussion between Matt Keogh MP and veteran journalist Stan Grant as they unpack the most pressing questions in Defence and defence industry, and Labor's plans for the sector.
Stan Grant
MC and Host
Stan Grant
International Affairs Editor, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Matt Keogh MP
Speaker
Matt Keogh MP
Shadow Minister for Defence Industry
01:20 PM

Lunch and networking

02:20 PM

Welcome Back from Stan Grant

Stan Grant
MC and Host
Stan Grant
International Affairs Editor, The Australian Broadcasting Corporation
02:25 PM

Introduction from Precision Public Affairs

Sarah Cullens
Sarah Cullens
Founder & Managing Director, Precision Public Affairs
02:28 PM

Keynote: Minister for Defence Industry

Hear from the Minister for Defence Industry and Minister for Science and Technology Melissa Price as she charts the government’s plans for Defence and defence industry. Take part in an interactive discussion between Minister Price and veteran journalist Stan Grant as they unpack the most pressing questions in Defence and defence industry, and the Coalition's plans for the sector.
The Hon Melissa Price MP
Speaker
The Hon Melissa Price MP
Minister for Defence Industry
03:08 PM

Networking drinks

04:00 PM

End of luncheon

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The awards are open to all businesses operating in Australia supporting the broking industry and will be a desirable accolade for both individuals and businesses seeking to forge their role in broking.

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