DISHONOURABLE DISCHARGE FOR DEFENCE ADVISORS

22 September 2021

MATT KEOGH MP 
SHADOW MINISTER FOR DEFENCE INDUSTRY 
SHADOW MINISTER ASSISTING FOR SMALL BUSINESS 
MEMBER FOR BURT

More than a year after the Federal Government’s report into the Centre for Defence Industry Capability (CDIC) was released, with revelations it was failing miserably to meet the needs of Industry, Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price has revealed they are being dishonourably discharged. 
 
In the latest AIDN newsletter, the Minster has quietly revealed:
 
Finally, before the end of the year, I will also launch a new organisation that replaces the Centre for Defence Industry Capability as the one-stop shop for defence industry support and guidance.
 
It was just one year ago that the CDIC was moved from the Department of Industry, Science, Energy & Resources to the Department of Defence. 
 
Now, in yet another marketing moment from this Morrison-Joyce Government, the Minister has elected to rebadge an organisation rather than do the work that will rectify the systemic issues with the CDIC and Defence in its wider engagement with industry. 
 
New branding is not enough, it’s time the Morrison-Joyce Government took our Australian defence industry seriously. 
 
At a time where the futures of many defence SMEs and workers remains uncertain due to the scrapping of the ‘Future Submarine’ contract, it’s more important than ever that our local defence industry is supported.