Fiona Phillips


A Shorten Labor Government will make Nowra a focus of Australia’s defence industry future by appointing a Local Procurement Officer, to make sure Nowra companies can compete for, and win, local defence contracts.

Shadow Minister for Defence, Richard Marles detailed what this would mean for the South Coast community at the Shoalhaven Aviation Technology Park this morning, saying: 

"Nowra will be the third place in Australia, after Townsville and Darwin, with a local Procurement Officer dedicated to understanding the local economy and Australian Defence Force needs and assisting local businesses in bidding for Australian Defence Force contracts.

"This will ultimately ensure that there will be more local jobs and an even greater economic benefit for the region associated with the defence presence here."

Local Labor Candidate for Gilmore, Fiona Phillips welcomed the announcement.

"As a local I know how important the defence industry is to our local area and that is why I have been advocating for a Procurement Officer for Nowra.

"Under a Shorten Labor Government, Nowra-based companies will be given a leg up in competing for defence contracts to boost local jobs"

“I won’t just talk about local jobs, I’ll deliver them”.

This election will be a choice between a united Shorten Labor Government which will see Nowra play a role in Australia’s defence and defence industry future, or more of the Liberals’ cuts and chaos.

Today’s announcement will see Nowra play a key role in Labor’s Defence Regional Procurement Policy. Our policy makes local economic outcomes a key objective of Defence procurement.

Labor will appoint Local Procurement Officers in key regions, including Nowra, to map local industry capability, advise on appropriate scheduling of work, and be the contact point for local industry with Defence.

Labor will offer a united team, focussed on Nowra and the national interest, not the chaos of five defence ministers in as many years.

It’s time Nowra and Australia had a government focussed on the national interest, not its own self-interest.

End the chaos. Vote for change. Vote for Labor.

Funding for this commitment has been included in Labor’s Fair Go Budget Plan, available at

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