Standing up for Canberra

First Principles Review of Defence released

Federal Labor will carefully consider the recommendations of the First Principles Review released today.

Labor is always supportive of well-directed reform and efficiency measures, but such reforms should not be used as an excuse for yet more job cuts in Defence.

Civilian defence personnel are a vital element to the overall success of our military operations and capability. We therefore welcome the review’s emphasis on an integrated workforce.

Labor is concerned that the Defence Minister has flagged that implementation of the review may lead to the loss of at least another 1,000 jobs.

The Abbott Government has already slashed a massive 2,406 civilian jobs from Defence.

Any further job losses have the potential to significantly erode capability.

Further details are required on the integration of the Defence Materiel Organisation into Defence, particularly at a time when the Commonwealth is making multi-billion dollar procurement decisions.

This includes how the new Capability, Acquisition and Sustainment Group will handle existing major projects during its establishment phase and how increased accountability and a greater commercial focus can be applied within the Defence Department.