Issue 7 - 6 August 2013 enews home

Forum to address US military presence in Darwin

By Louise Errington


Former Australian Prime Minister The Hon Malcolm Fraser will be among the presenters at this month’s Defending Australia Symposium

A former Australian Prime Minister will contribute to the debate about the United States’ military presence in Northern Australia at a symposium being held in Darwin this month.

Northern Australia will be discussed in the context of the Federal Government’s agreement to establish a six-month rotational marine air ground task force of 2500 soldiers by 2016 the public discussion is facilitated by Charles Darwin University’s The Northern Institute.

The Honourable Malcolm Fraser AC CH will give the keynote presentation. University of Melbourne Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability Senior Research Associate Richard Tanter and Director of the Darwin Military Museum Dr Tom Lewis will also be among the presenters.

The Defending Australia Symposium will address increased US military deployments to the Western Pacific region, bring together a range of views about the US presence in Northern Australia and provide an opportunity for members of the public to take part in a discussion with a panel of experts.

The event will be held from 9am – 4pm on Friday 23 August at the Litchfield Room, Parliament House, Mitchell Street, Darwin. Registrations are essential. RSVP to by 21 August, 2013. Entry is free.