Statement on Appointment of ADF Leadership

The Opposition congratulates the Chief of the Defence Force, General Angus Campbell AO DSC, the Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Vice Admiral David Johnston AC RAN, and Chief of Joint Operations, Lieutenant General Greg Bilton AO CSC on their appointments for a further two years of service.

The Opposition also congratulates the incoming service chiefs for Navy, Army, and Air Force - Rear Admiral Mark Hammond AM RAN, Major General Simon Stuart AO DSC, and Air Vice-Marshal Robert Chipman AM CSC.

There is no greater duty than to defend Australia, our values, and our interests. It is vital that Defence moves at pace in continuing the expansion and modernisation program begun under the previous government—including the delivery of nuclear submarines and other strategic capabilities needed for the defence of our nation.

Australia faces an uncertain future in a dynamic and contested Indo-Pacific region. We wish our service Chiefs every success as they secure our nation and sovereignty against this geopolitical backdrop.

The Opposition acknowledges the outgoing Chiefs, Chief of Navy Vice Admiral Michael Noonan AO RAN, Chief of Army Lieutenant General Rick Burr AO DSC MVO, and Chief of Air Force Air Marshal Mel Hupfeld AO DSC.

These officers have given distinguished service to Australia over the past forty years. They have our gratitude and thanks.