Australia About to Do a Bob Hawke 2.0 By James Reed

     I must agree with China against Australia on this one, even though I am a China critic, in general; taking in the Hong Kong antifa is an unnecessary antagonism of China, and it is only done because of immigration mania. China has warned both us and New Zealand to butt out of their internal affairs. Given that there are rising tensions now, and that defence gurus are warning as well that armed conflict is coming, we really do not want to be inflaming the situation prematurely, at least until we can get together a few soldiers in their utes for a five-minute symbolic defence.
  https://amp.smh.com.au/world/asia/china-warns-australia-against-going-further-down-the-wrong-path-20200703-p558q2.html
  https://mobile.abc.net.au/news/2020-07-02/australia-considering-offering-safe-haven-to-hong-kong-residents/12415482
  https://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=12345066&
  https://amp.smh.com.au/politics/federal/defence-plan-makes-it-clear-we-must-prepare-for-risk-of-armed-conflict-20200701-p5584a.html
  https://amp.abc.net.au/article/12408232

“Scott Morrison has unveiled a more aggressive defence strategy aimed at countering the rise of China, while warning that Australia faces regional challenges on a scale not seen since World War II.
Key points:

•    Scott Morrison has committed $270 billion to defence spending over the next 10 years
•    The ADF will get long-range anti-shipping missiles as it refocuses on possible conflict with China in the Indo-Pacific
•    The PM says the region is the "epicentre" of rising strategic competition

The strategy increases the focus on the Indo-Pacific region, with the Prime Minister warning that Australia needs to prepare for a post-COVID-19 world that is "poorer, more dangerous and more disorderly". Australia will build a larger military that is focused on its immediate backyard, including new long-range anti-ship missiles, signalling a major shift in the nation's defence strategy. "We have not seen the conflation of global economic and strategic uncertainty now being experienced here in Australia in our region since the existential threat we faced when the global and regional order collapsed in the 1930s and 1940s," the Prime Minister warned. Mr Morrison also announced a commitment to spend $270 billion over the next decade on defence capabilities, including more potent strike weapons, cyber capabilities and a high-tech underwater surveillance system. Over the four years, the Australian Defence Force (ADF) is expected to grow by 800 people, comprising 650 extra personnel for the Navy, 100 for the Air Force, and 50 for the Army. According to Defence's 2019-20 Budget Statement, the ADF was estimated to grow to 60,090 by this year, with 16,272 full-time public service staff. Its budget was expected to grow to 2 per cent of Australia's gross domestic product by 2020-21, "equating to approximately $200 billion in Australia's defence capability over 10 years", making the new announcement an increase of $70 billion to the department. In a speech at the Australian Defence Force Academy Mr Morrison argued the Indo-Pacific is the "epicentre" of rising strategic competition and "the risk of miscalculation — and even conflict — is heightening".

     Since we failed to get nuclear weapons in the period after World War II, taking in migrants instead to eliminate the Anglo-culture, it is not really going to go very far how many cheap military toys we get. Good one Fabian socialists of the time.

 

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