Australia should maintain a strong and technologically advanced defence force, whilst helping to maintain regional and global peace and security.
Policy Methods (Federal)
To help achieve this Australia should:
- Focus its defence capabilities on technologically advanced options that maximise its defence capabilities, including air, land and marine drones, rather than growing our population numbers.(1)
- Promote security and defence alliances through strong and constructive diplomacy.
- Aim to avoid regional conflicts and failed states by linking foreign aid to environmental sustainability programs.
- Sir Peter Cosgrove (Former Chief of the Defence Force, now Governor General) from ‘Dick Smith’s Population Puzzle’: “I don't agree with that argument for, you know, populate or perish, you know, double the size against some kind of amorphous threat. Really the thing that we need for our defence is to be absolutely smart about the way we do it. Diplomacy first and then behind that a defence force which can do the things it needs to defend our sovereignty in a smart way. It doesn't rely on numbers, it actually relies on very smart people and the wealth to put the right kit in their hands. So simply doubling our population is irrelevant in terms of making us a more viable defence force.”
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