Time to or­gan­ise our de­fence plan

The Queensland Times - - NEWS OPINION - — WAYNE OF­FER Tha­goona

THE Na­tional Press Club address on the fu­ture and past poli­cies on our sub­ma­rine ca­pa­bil­i­ties I be­lieve it’s time where we as a na­tion should re­assess and re­think our de­fence par­tic­u­larly with the cur­rent po­lit­i­cal cli­mate.

I be­lieve bas­ing our de­fence ca­pa­bil­i­ties on Amer­i­can sup­port is no longer an op­tion with Trump as Amer­ica with­draws in­wardly mak­ing us be­come ei­ther more self-re­liant or vul­ner­a­ble de­pend­ing on our choices.

To be hon­est I have never been a fan of in­creas­ing de­fence bud­gets but the world has changed and af­ter the warn­ings from the in­de­pen­dent pre­sen­ters at the press club we need to be proac­tive ASAP and look closely at where and who we align with to pro­tect our patch.

To me Aus­tralia/New Zealand al­liance should be strength­ened and that will take in­creased po­lit­i­cal will from both na­tions as the Ki­wis look at Aus­tralia tied to Amer­ica un­like them who stand less con­de­scend­ing and in­de­pen­dent.

Un­doubtably tech­nol­ogy will over­take present manned equip­ment be it sub­marines, planes, and drones will in­crease and some of our old chest­nuts like nu­clear power will have to be a chal­lenged as con­ven­tional diesel tech­nol­ogy will not give us the range with­out fuel stop ves­sels for manned units, de­feat­ing the el­e­ment of se­cu­rity and surprise re­quired in in­tel­li­gence gath­er­ing and re­ac­tion.

All as­sump­tions but there is no doubt we have to be­come more in­de­pen­dent within our patch eco­nom­i­cally and mil­i­tar­ily and that change will need to made by a gov­ern­ment that can take ad­van­tage and cre­ate in­dus­tries on the back of that change not close them down or out­source re­spon­si­bil­ity.

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