Defence review looks to NW
A move to put troops and other military personnel on Christmas Island and the Cocos Islands could form part of an overhaul of Australia’s national defence strategy.
The plan being investigated by a parliamentary committee follows reports US president-elect Donald Trump will ask Australia to do more to combat Chinese military expansion in the South China Sea.
The frontrunner to become Mr Trump’s secretary of state, Rudy Giuliani, has also said he wanted to supersize the military to thwart China’s ambitions in the Pacific region. The External Territories Committee, chaired by former SAS troop commander and Federal Canning MP Andrew Hastie, will investigate the “changing regional security environment and security contingencies” across Indian Ocean territories.
On the table could be establishing joint Australia-US drone bases or expanding airports and ports.