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INSIGHT: Proposing an alternative plan for Defence — Meryl Swanson, shadow assistant minister for defence

Meryl Swanson

In this episode of the Defence Insight Podcast, Meryl Swanson, shadow assistant defence minister and federal member for Paterson, joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss the Labor opposition’s plan for Defence and defence industry.

In this episode of the Defence Insight Podcast, Meryl Swanson, shadow assistant defence minister and federal member for Paterson, joins host Phil Tarrant to discuss the Labor opposition’s plan for Defence and defence industry.

  

Swanson begins by explaining why she chose to pursue a career in politics after years in the media, and how she secured a leadership role in the Defence portfolio.

The shadow assistant minister weighs in on the SEA 1000 program, and stresses the need for a clearer framework to ensure delivery of the Attack Class submarines aligns with the nation’s strategic agenda.

Swanson then goes on to outline the Labor opposition’s broader plan to enhance capability by boosting defence spending as a proportion of GDP and further developing sovereign industrial capability.

The MP concludes by noting the importance of encouraging more Australians to forge careers in Defence and defence industry, to ensure the next generation of platforms are equipped to meet the nation’s national security objectives.

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The Defence Connect team

INSIGHT: Proposing an alternative plan for Defence — Meryl Swanson, shadow assistant minister for defence
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Listen to previous episodes of the Defence Connect podcast:

Episode 255: INSIGHT: Building a future-ready workforce — SA Minister for Innovation and Skills David Pisoni
Episode 254: INSIGHT: Implications of the COVID-19 pandemic on foreign affairs, defence and trade – Senator David Fawcett
Episode 253: PODCAST: Discussing the past and future of RAAF after its centenary
Episode 252: INSIGHT: Examining the relationship between Defence and civil society — Major Cate Carter from the Australian Defence College
Episode 250: INSIGHT: Celebrating female participation in the Navy — Rear Admiral Katherine Richards, head of Navy engineering
Episode 249: INSIGHT: Journeying through Australia’s military history — Dr Will Davies, author and historian
Episode 248: PODCAST: Identifying solutions for modern warfighters — Chris Dixon, Australian Defence Apparel, and Rob Orr, Bond University
Episode 247: PODCAST: Harnessing local capability to realise growth potential— Mark Burgess, managing director and CEO of Quickstep
Episode 246: PODCAST: Supporting naval capability at home and abroad — Rear Admiral Clint Thomas AM, CSC
Episode 245: PODCAST: Unpacking the impact of changing regional dynamics

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