Nathan Church

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Briefing paper

9 Jul 2015

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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) regards northern Australia as strategically important, both for national defence and as a forward base for regional engagement. The ADF presence in northern Australia also directly contributes to the economic and social development of the region. A...

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19 Sep 2014

This paper chronicles the 125 Commonwealth Members of Parliament identified as having served during the Colonial wars and/or the First World War.


This research paper is a companion to a previous Parliamentary Library publication, Commonwealth Members of Parliament who have served...


11 Aug 2014

This Quick Guide provides an overview of the Australian naval shipbuilding industry since the 2013 federal election. Specifically, three key questions are addressed:

What is the current status of naval shipbuilding and sustainment within Australia? What are the positions of Australian political parties and...

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8 May 2014

Through the Australian Defence Force Gap Year program and the preceding Ready Reserve scheme, Australian school-leavers have had the opportunity to experience full-time military training without the obligations of longer-term initial periods of service. This paper analyses these programs, assessing their respective characteristics, identifying both...

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6 Nov 2013

This research paper addresses some of the key military, political, and diplomatic aspects of Australia’s drawdown in Afghanistan, and provides some early indications as to what the post-2014 mission could look like.


Australia first sent troops to conduct operations in Afghanistan...


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