Independent News For The Australian Public Service
Edition Number 406. Updated Tuesday, 22 April 2014

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Defence pair put on leadership path

The Department of Defence has selected two future leaders to join a high-calibre

Nuala Bethell and Sub
Lieutenant Nicholas Skopal,
with Vice Chief of the
Defence Force, Air Marshal
Mark Binskin
program run by Global Voices.

Nuala Bethell and Sub Lieutenant Nicholas Skopal will attend the development program sponsored by Defence.

Vice Chief of the Defence Force, Air Marshal Mark Binskin said sponsoring the program made a significant contribution to encouraging young talent within Defence.

"I am really pleased to have selected Ms Bethell and Sub Lieutenant Skopal," Air Marshal Binskin.

Selected for development program

"I believe they will make first-class representatives for Defence and Australia.

"Investing in our people with opportunities like these contribute to us building a robust foundation for our future."

Global Voices is a non-profit organisation that promotes an understanding and participation in international diplomacy by young Australians.

The organisation does this by arranging high-level meetings in Canberra and coordinating youth delegations to the world's most important diplomatic forums abroad.

Assistant Minister for Defence, Stuart Robert said: "This is a fantastic opportunity for our future leaders to broaden their knowledge and networks at a high level."

Following private briefings with the Prime Minister, Defence Ministers, the diplomatic missions and leading academics, Ms Bethell and Sub Lieutenant Skopal will now attend two strategic security conferences - the Global Security Conference in Bratislava and the Asia Security Summit Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore.

On their return, delegates will submit a research paper with a focus on practical recommendations for change or action.

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