From the invasion of Ukraine to great power competition in the South China Sea, geopolitical tensions are on the rise.
Australia is no stranger to this.
In response to the invasion, Australia imposed a range of economic sanctions against Russia, targeting trade and Russian oligarchs, following similar measures by the US and UK. Meanwhile, the Australian government has reaffirmed the nation’s ongoing support for freedom of navigation through the South China Sea.
Closer to home, Australians are preparing to head to polls over coming months to choose a government and new course for Australian politics.
The Defence Connect Budget Lunch 2022 is occurring at a critical time for Defence and defence industry.
Held on Friday, 1 April in Canberra’s Gandel Hall, the Defence Connect Budget Lunch features key decision makers from both sides of the political aisle, discussing their plans for the future of Australia’s defence industry.
Throughout the event, government and opposition spokespeople Minister for Defence Industry Melissa Price and Shadow Minister for Defence Industry Matt Keogh will dive into the key issues affecting the defence industry as well as the Coalition and Labor’s plans for the future.
The pair will also deliver critical insights and interpretation of the 2022-23 federal budget, which will be released a few days before the Budget Lunch, and how it is expected to impact the defence industry.
Both will deliver a short address before participating in an interactive discussion with ABC international affairs editor and host Stan Grant, and engage in a Q&A session with the audience as they tackle the most pressing concerns in Defence and the defence industry.
Mr Grant will also unpack recent developments in global affairs, while providing a wrap-up of the federal budget.
As Australia increases its expenditure in defence capabilities, the Defence Connect Budget Lunch hopes to enable delegates to engage directly with decision-makers in government, and network with their peers in the defence sector.
A recent federal election survey conducted by Momentum Intelligence underscored the importance and influence of defence-related issues on the voting preferences of Australians.
The recent survey of professionals who engage with Momentum Media news outlets found that 40 per cent out of the 2,482 respondents cited defence and national security as the most important considerations when casting their votes at the ballot box.
The Defence Connect Budget Lunch will be held on Friday, 1 April at Gandel Hall, Canberra at 11:30am AEDT.
Numbers for the lunch are limited and tickets are selling fast, so for those hoping to secure a table you will need to move quickly – with a waitlist created on a first-come, first-served basis.