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October 11, 2012
LHD on way
THE hull of the first of Navy's new
amphibious ships is on its final
leg to Australia. Defence Materiel
Minister Jason Clare said the LHD
hull had rounded the Cape of Good
Hope and was expected to arrive in
Melbourne in the next few weeks. The
hull left Spain in August and is being
transported by heavy lift ship Blue
Marlin. Mr Clare said the LHD would
arrive in Melbourne and would then
travel to the Williamstown dockyard
for consolidation of the superstructure
and installation of the combat and
communications and navigation
THE Central Coast Defence family
fun day will be held on October 28
at Central Coast Grammar School,
Erina, NSW. The event aims to assist
ADF members, veterans and families
find out about local organisations,
services, pension and medical
support. The day also helps family
members cope with the absence
of deployed members. For more
information, contact LCDR Steven
Reynolds at steven.reynolds@
defence.gov.au or on 0418 680 963.
DEFENCE Parliamentary Secretary
David Feeney has welcomed the
Government's approval of an $870m
Defence relocation project from
Moorebank to Holsworthy, NSW. The
relocation is needed because the
buildings are on the site of a future
intermodal terminal and will result
in the relocation of 13 Army units
and four Defence facilities. Senator
Feeney said the works would include
working, instructional, support and
living-in accommodation to ensure
all units were fully supported in the
transition. The project will establish a
new main barracks entry and security
arrangements, a new signalised entry
point and address traffic congestion.
CPL Max Bree
AFTER showing politicians the
finer points of an Anzac frig-
ate, a Navy officer sailed through
Parliament House as part of the ADF
Parliamentary Program exchange from
LEUT Scott Macpherson partnered
with Queensland MP Scott Buchholz
for an insider's look through the
corridors of power and a front row
seat at question time in the House of
MPs were happy to keep LEUT
Macpherson abreast of parliamentary
business as they voted on new legisla-
tion before the House.
"On Tuesday they were passing
the bill on a new reporting system for
charities that didn't finish until about
11.30pm," he said.
"I was sitting in the advisers'
box ... and the members liked to come
up and say gidday and make sure you
knew what's going on."
In August, LEUT Macpherson, of
Maritime Operations JOC, escorted
four parliamentarians on a trip to the
Middle East aboard HMAS Anzac.
The MPs, including Mr Buchholz,
worked with marine technicians,
cooks, boarding parties and fired
weapons to experience life as a
"After the trip on Anzac I had a
greater interest in the life of a poli-
tician and wanted to develop a bet-
ter understanding of the processes of
Parliament," LEUT Macpherson said.
LEUT Macpherson and 14 other
ADF members, including WO-N Martin
Holzberger, visiting Parliament as part
of the exchange program also met
with Defence Minister Stephen Smith,
Defence Parliamentary Secretary David
Feeney and other parliamentarians.
"It's a fantastic experience for mili-
tary personnel to see how decisions are
made in Parliament that affect Defence
and Australia as a whole," LEUT
"It's something that I would recom-
mend for all Navy people, including
junior sailors, who are interested in
developing a greater understanding of
Sailing with Parliament
GAINING UNDERSTANDING: LEUT Scott Macpherson with his Parliamentary host Federal Member for Wright
Scott Buchholz at Parliament House, Canberra (above) and (inset) Defence Minister Stephen Smith meets with
ADF representatives on the Parliamentary Program.
Photos: David McClenaghan
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