Kelly sworn in asMinister

Member forEden-Monaro Dr Mike Kelly was sworn in on Monday as the Minister for DefenceMateriel, after Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced his promotion into theMinistry on Saturday.

As Minister forDefence Materiel, Dr Kelly’s responsibilities include the acquisition ofmilitary materials and equipment, science and technology matters relating totheir development, skills and industry policy, and helping to develop thenational Defence Capability Plan.

As a former ArmyColonel with a 20-year military career Dr Kelly said

“I am intenselyaware of how important this job is, having seen first-hand during my militarycareer what can happen if you don’t get it right.”

“My two greatpassions are the military and Eden-Monaro. I feel extremely lucky to be able toserve the people of Eden-Monaro and our brothers and sisters in the armedforces.

Peter Hendy theLiberal candidate for Eden Monaro in the Federal Election on 14 September, saidthe Coalition is ready for an election and has published its plans to build astrong, prosperous economy and a safe, secure Australia which will directlyhelp families in Eden Monaro with cost of living pressures, small businessescreate jobs and keep our borders secure.

“The voters ofEden Monaro will have a clear choice about who they trust to govern ourcountry” Dr Hendy said. “We will scrap Labor’s carbon tax, abolish the miningtax and restore confidence to this important sector; help our businesses growby abolishing $1 billion a year in red tape and green tape and build moremodern infrastructure and get cranes above our cities again.”

Greens inEden-Monaro have welcomed the announcement of the date of the 2013 election.“Julia Gillard’s announcement well ahead of September 14 gives everyone theopportunity to plan properly and is a closer fit to the ideal of fixed termelections,” says Catherine Moore, Greens candidate for Eden-Monaro.

“Good on JuliaGillard for subverting the dominant paradigm and giving all Australians plentyof notice about when they will be going to the polls. The next step is to moveto fixed terms permanently.”

“Climate changeremains the biggest issue of our time, and it is already starting to affecteveryone, so voters need to feel extremely concerned about any party orcandidate who does not take climate change seriously” said Catherine.

Dr Kelly took the oath at Government House with Governor General Quentin Bryce.

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