A major expenditure will be the replacement of Collins Class submarines. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Royal Australian Navy.

A major expenditure will be the replacement of Collins Class submarines. Image from Flickr, courtesy of Royal Australian Navy.

Defence white paper: how many billions is enough to keep Australia safe?

26 February 2016

The world is not completely Hobbesian, but there are enough points of concern for this defence white paper to be considered well argued.

Prime minister Malcolm Turnbull and defence minister Marise Payne launched the new defence white paper in Canberra to much fanfare in front of the next generation of officers assembled at the Australian Defence Force Academy on Thursday. The event marked a commitment to raising defence expenditure to 2% of GDP within the next decade and committing hundreds of billions of dollars to building military capabilities. How did the government come to this decision and how is it justified?

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