Following the shock resignation of former-defence industry minister, Steven Ciobo, the hot seat will be filled in quick order, providing experience and certainty to industry.
Defence Connect can tonight confirm that Western Australia Senator, Linda Reynolds CSC will be sworn in as the Minister for Defence Industry tomorrow at a ceremony in Canberra.
Senator Reynolds was elected to the Senate in 2014 following more than 20 years’ experience at the national political level working for Ministers, Members of Parliament and the Liberal Party of Australia.
Senator Reynolds served for 29 years in the Australian Army as a Reserve Officer in a wide range of part and full-time appointments. Senator Reynolds combines a wealth of political, academic and professional corporate experience, including:
- Chief of Staff to the Minister for Justice and Customs;
- Project Director with Raytheon Australia;
- Deputy Federal Director of the Liberal Party of Australia;
- Commanding Officer of a Combat Service Support Battalion; and
- Adjutant General of Army, the Chief of Army’s key governance advisor.
Senator Reynolds was the first woman in the Australian Army Reserves to be promoted to the rank of Brigadier and was awarded the Conspicuous Service Cross, she has completed a Master of Arts (Strategic Studies).
Defence Connect discussed the role of Defence industry in supporting the development of a diverse WA economy, while supporting the Government's defence industry and defence export agenda's through increased competition. The full Defence Connect Podcast with Senator Linda Reynolds CSC can be found here.
More to come.