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Defence Connect Podcast Network

Aug 11, 2022

In this episode of the Defence Connect Podcast, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) diplomat and folk singer Fred Smith joins host Liam Garman to reflect on Australia’s 20-year commitment to Afghanistan and last year’s humanitarian mission at Kabul International Airport.
  • The pair begin the podcast discussing Smiths background, and how he came to use music as a tool to bring communities together as a diplomat in DFAT.
  • The podcast continues by reflecting on Smiths time as the first Australian civilian to be posted to Uruzgan province in Afghanistan, and his subsequent Dust of Uruzgan album which tells the story of Australian service in the region.
  • Smith also talks about his current cross-country tour “Sparrows of Kabul”, honouring the first anniversary of the fall of Kabul and Australias commitment to Afghanistan.
  • The pair then discuss his upcoming Townsville show along with the 1RAR band, commemorating the Battalions commitment to Afghanistan over the last 20 years.
To read more about Smiths tour, click here.