Speeches

09
Mar

2017 Australian International Airshow and Defence Exposition

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2017 Australian International Airshow and Defence Exposition

Last week Victoria played host to the 2017 Australian International Airshow and Defence Exposition.

The show was a great success with the Australian debut of the USAF F-22 Raptor and the new RAAF F-35 Joint Strike Fighter.

Preliminary estimates point to record attendances, and I congratulate the Airshow Foundation, its Chief Executive Ian Honnery and Avalon Airport Chief Executive Justin
Giddings on such an outstanding event.

Ms Pennicuik's call yesterday for the defence elements of the event to be stopped, and Victorian government support withdrawn, shows how out of touch the Greens are.

As Aviation minister in the last government I was delighted to announce that the Coalition had secured five additional airshows to 2025.

Defence industry is an important part of the Victorian economy with companies like Marand, RUAG and Boeing Australia.

Production of the Joint Strike Fighter is a major opportunity for Victorian companies and will create 5000 supply chain jobs Australia wide. This is something to celebrate at an event like the Avalon Airshow and Defence Exposition. The show is now one of the world's leading aviation events, attracting vendors, defence representatives, and Chiefs of Air Force, from around the world and show casing Australian defence and aerospace technology.

This is something to be celebrated and not derided as the Greens in their fantasy cocoons would have us believe.
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