News & Current Affairs
13 April 2014
Despite diplomatic convention dictating otherwise, in a press conference in Seoul, Tony Abbott continued his bad habit of publicly criticising the previous government for several issues, including their decision to cancel a gun order from South Korea. He has apparently promised, in his obscene haste to sign a free trade agreement, that we will buy armaments from them in the future.
The Abbott Government is set to give the green light to the nation's biggest ever military purchase allowing Defence to order up to 86 American made stealth fighter jets for the RAAF.
The Abbott government will spend $4 billion buying eight highly-sophisticated P-8A Poseidon maritime patrol planes for the Royal Australian Air Force. The US-built aircraft will be delivered in 2017 to replace the Cold War-era P3 Orion aircraft. The Poseidon will come equipped with torpedoes and harpoon missiles to destroy submarines and warships.
Australia announced plans Thursday for a fleet of giant high-tech unmanned drones to help patrol the nation's borders, monitoring energy infrastructure and attempts to enter the country illegally. A report in February said seven of the US-made drones would be purchased for Aus$3 billion ($2.7 billion), but Abbott said the details of how many and when had yet to be finalized.
It seems we have money to buy planes and drones from the US and who knows what from South Korea, but we have no money for locally made submarines.
Senator Johnston told the Australian Strategic Policy Institute conference this morning that he was still working (on) the problem of what sort of submarines should be built in SA. He also confirmed that building 12 submarines was no longer a Government policy, and that the specific number was now an aspiration.
Senator Johnston also echoed Prime Minister Tony Abbott's stance that building boats was about Defence capability not job creation.
The Abbott government is also aware that it needs to make decisions quickly to address the looming so-called valley of death in the shipbuilding industry. This refers to the gap in shipbuilding work that will come about when the Air Warfare Destroyer project is complete.
I am just wondering what we intend to do with all these weapons of war since the only people we are at war with is unarmed asylum seekers. I mean, seriously, does anyone truly believe that China is going to invade us using military force when we are giving them the country without firing a shot? And just what would Tony do if his unmanned drones detected an invasion fleet?