Conservative coalition leader Tony Abbott claims victory in Australia

CANBERRA, Australia, Sept. 7 (UPI) -- Opposition leader Tony Abbott told supporters "Australia is under new management" as he claimed victory in Saturday's parliamentary election.

Indonesia buying more Australian C-130Hs

CANBERRA, Australia, July 26 (UPI) -- Indonesia is purchasing five C-130H aircraft and associated equipment from Australia, Australian Minister of Defense Stephen Smith announced.

Australia upgrading submarine fleet

CANBERRA, Australia, June 14 (UPI) -- Australia plans to upgrade its Collins-class submarine fleet and improve maintenance, sustainability and availability.

Australia and India plan naval exercise

CANBERRA, Australia, June 6 (UPI) -- Australia and India will hold their first joint naval exercise in 2015, Australian Minster for Defense Stephen Smith said.

India, Australia to deepen defense ties

NEW DELHI, May 28 (UPI) -- Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony will visit Australia next month to boost bilateral military ties. Antony had originally been scheduled to visit in January.

Australia to procure EA-18 Growlers

CANBERRA, Australia, May 3 (UPI) -- The Australian government has decided to procure 12 new-build EA-18 Growler electronic attack aircraft from the United States.

Australia to hand over Afghan base

PERTH, Australia, March 26 (UPI) -- Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard announced Tuesday Multi National Base Tarin Kowt will be handed to Afghanistan by the end of the year.

Australia struggles with bloated defense contracts

MELBOURNE, March 8 (UPI) -- Projected Australian Defense Force budget constraints are impacting military acquisition programs.

Defense cuts threaten Australian subs

MELBOURNE, March 7 (UPI) -- The Australian navy wants to replace its submarine fleet but budget cuts may affect the plan.

Australian defense cuts to hit deployments, weapons

SURRY HILLS, Australia, March 4 (UPI) -- Proposed Australian defense cuts to impact everything from deployments to weapons acquisitions.

U.N. peacekeepers leave Timor-Leste

DILI, Timor-Leste, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- The United Nations ended its peacekeeping mission in Timor-Leste after 13 years and the country's struggle for stability after independence in 2002.

Wedgetail off defense 'concern' list

FYSHWICK, Australia, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- The Wedgetail has been removed from the Australia's "Projects of Concern" list.

Australia wants more F-18 Super Hornets

SURRY HILLS, Australia, Dec. 14 (UPI) -- Australia is seeking to buy 24 more F-18 Super Hornet aircraft in a deal that would double the size of the Australian air force F-18 fleet.

Australia's sub fleet may serve longer

BORDERTOWN, Australia, Dec. 13 (UPI) -- Australia's fleet of six Collins class submarines may see their expected service life extended.

Adelaide's submarine propulsion test site

ADELAIDE, Australia, Dec. 12 (UPI) -- As Australia moves toward a new generation of submarines, Adelaide is to get a submarine test site.
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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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