PRO­TECT­ING

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - NEWS -

the peo­ple it rep­re­sents is a fun­da­men­tal re­spon­si­bil­ity for any govern­ment. In an age where the dan­ger of na­tion-state con­flicts is matched, if not sur­passed, by the threat of ex­trem­ist in­sur­gen­cies and ter­ror­ism, na­tional se­cu­rity and bor­der pro­tec­tion are ar­guably more im­por­tant than ever. At the same time, the pres­sure of a mount­ing budget deficit means all spend­ing must be closely scru­ti­nised and de­bate about the mer­its of lo­cal ver­sus in­ter­na­tional mil­i­tary pro­cure­ment rages. This week our can­di­dates con­cen­trate on de­fence spend­ing, threats to Aus­tralia and the na­tional de­fence con­struc­tion in­dus­try.

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