Australian submarines criticized

CANBERRA, Australia, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- Each Australian Collins class submarine spends up to twice as long in maintenance as foreign submarines.

Military abuse victims welcome apologies

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 26 (UPI) -- Australians who say they suffered abuse while in the military say they are pleased to hear apologies from military and government officials.

U.S. military space systems for Australia

WASHINGTON, Nov. 14 (UPI) -- The U.S. military is locating two key space systems -- the U.S. Air Force C-band ground radar system and of the Space Surveillance Telescope -- in Australia.

Aussie navy tests Hobart torpedo launchers

CANBERRA, Australia, Nov. 2 (UPI) -- Australia successfully test-fired the torpedo launcher system for the second of the three new Hobart Class Air Warfare Destroyers, all of which are under construction.

Australia commits to Poseidon development

CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 18 (UPI) -- The Australian government formally allocated nearly $81 million toward development of Boeing's P-8A Poseidon maritime surveillance aircraft, the replacement for the country's ageing AP-3C Orion planes.

Australia buying more 155mm howitzers

CANBERRA, Australia, Oct. 17 (UPI) -- Australian Defense Forces are to receive 19 additional M777A2 howitzers manufactured in the United States at a cost of about $71.8 million.

Australian troops end joint patrols with Afghan soldiers

CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 19 (UPI) -- Amid security concerns, Australian ISAF troops have ended joint patrols with the Afghan military.

Australia buys Growler systems for Hornets

CANBERRA, Australia, Aug. 31 (UPI) -- Australia has confirmed it will acquire Growler electronic warfare systems for its Super Hornet aircraft through the United States Foreign Military Sales process.

Australia sets out F-18 maintenance tender

CANBERRA, Australia, May 10 (UPI) -- Australia has sent out a request for tender for deeper maintenance for its fleet of 71 Classic Hornet fighter aircraft.

PM hints Canada might extend Afghan role

OTTAWA, April 26 (UPI) -- Canadian special forces combat troops could remain in Afghanistan after regular troops return home in 2014, Parliament was told.

First U.S. Marines arrive in Australia

DARWIN, Australia, April 4 (UPI) -- The first wave of U.S. Marines deployed in northern Australia under a bilateral defense agreement landed in Darwin for a six-month rotation, officials said.

F-35 delays may cost Australia billions

CANBERRA, Australia, March 22 (UPI) -- Australian Defense Minister Stephen Smith has decided to delay an order for more JSF F-35 fighters.
Bob Carr named Australia's FM

Bob Carr named Australia's FM

CANBERRA, Australia, March 2 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard named Bob Carr foreign minister Friday to replace Kevin Rudd, who had resigned to challenge her Labor Party leadership.

Gillard wins party ballot to stay on as PM

CANBERRA, Australia, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard Monday easily defeated a challenge to her leadership of the Labor Party and country by rival Kevin Rudd.

Misconduct memos embarrass Australian army

SYDNEY, Jan. 13 (UPI) -- Internal memos describing incidents of misconduct by Australian armed forces personnel have been released, embarrassing the military.
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Stephen Smith
Stephen Smith (L) brother in-in-law of Sen. Edward M. Kennedy, escorts Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (R) into the John F. Kennedy Memorial Library on October 19, 1979, to attend the dedication reception. Dedication ceremonies will take place at the library on the 20th. (UPI Photo/John Tlumacki/Files)

Stephen Francis Smith (born 12 December 1955), is the Australian Minister for Defence. He has been an Australian Labor Party member of the Australian House of Representatives since March 1993, representing the Division of Perth, Western Australia.

Smith was born in Narrogin, Western Australia, and was educated at the University of Western Australia and the University of London, where he gained a master's degree in law. He was a solicitor, lecturer and tutor before entering politics. He was principal private secretary to the Western Australian Attorney-General, Joe Berinson 1983–87 and State Secretary of the Western Australian Labor Party 1987–90 From 1990 to 1993 he was an adviser to Paul Keating, first as Treasurer, then as Prime Minister. He was instrumental in securing caucus support for Keating to defeat Bob Hawke for the Labor Party leadership in 1990 and thereby become Prime Minister.

Smith was a member of the Opposition Shadow Ministry from March 1996 until the November 2007 elections, which were won by the Labor party. He was Shadow Minister for Trade 1996–97, for Resources and Energy 1997–98, for Communications 1998–2001, Health and Ageing 2001–03 and Immigration 2003–04. He was Shadow Minister for Industry, Infrastructure and Industrial Relations from October 2004 until December 2006, when he was appointed to the position of Shadow Minister for Education and Training.

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