The Liberal National Government’s record investment in Defence industry is driving world class technological advances to keep Australian troops safe and creating new jobs in South-East Brisbane.

Bonner MP Ross Vasta and the Minister for Defence Industry the Hon Steven Ciobo recently visited Teledyne Technologies in Eight Mile Plains and BMD at the Port of Brisbane, to see how a stronger economy under the Liberal National Government has allowed greater investment by small and medium sized companies to create jobs the local community.

Teledyne Technologies has developed vehicle-mounted systems to combat Improvised Explosive Devices, while BMD conducts civil construction with more than 200 employees.

Mr Vasta said investment in supporting cutting edge technologies will better protect troops putting their lives on the line for our country.

“Once built and tested, this device will attach to military vehicles to detect roadside IED’s. At the moment, the only way to find these explosives requires soldiers to scan the environment on foot, which is extremely dangerous,” he said.

Mr Ciobo said the Liberal National Government is embarking on a major renewal of Australia’s defence capability.

“We’re investing $200 billion in our Defence capability to keep Australia safe and to grow our industry and economy,” he said.

“BMD is a great example of Queensland businesses enjoying incredible success as a result of our investment in defence capability.”