Defence Minister Peter Dutton signs new $1.5b jet pilot training deal at Williamtown RAAF base

Michael Parris
By Michael Parris
February 21 2022 - 8:30am
Peter Dutton at BAE at Williamtown on Monday. Picture: Peter Lorimer

Defence Minister Peter Dutton has signed a new 10-year contract with BAE Systems Australia to provide fast-jet combat training aircraft in Newcastle and Perth.

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Michael Parris

Michael Parris

Journalist

Michael Parris reports on politics for the Newcastle Herald. He started at the Herald in 1994 after working in the ABC Newcastle newsroom. Michael spent much of his career as a sub-editor before moving into political reporting in 2017. He was a finalist in the Sports Australia national media awards for his stories about a male-only tennis club in Newcastle. He has covered NSW and federal elections, state and federal budgets and local politics. He has also written extensively about the COVID-19 pandemic with a special focus on data analysis and the effects of lockdowns on the Hunter community.