De­fence re­view looks to NW

Pilbara News - - News - An­thony De Ceglie

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.

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