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Detail absent from national security announcement

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SENATOR GARY HUMPHRIES Liberal Senator for the Australian Capital Territory Shadow Parliamentary Secretary to the Shadow Attorney-General Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Materiel


Detail absent from national security announcement

Wednesday 23 JAN 2013

Today’s launch of the National Security Strategy by Prime Minister Gillard has left more questions than answers, Shadow Parliamentary Secretary for Defence Materiel, Senator Gary Humphries says.

The document, ‘Strong and Secure: a strategy for Australia’s National Security’, was supposed to detail an in depth approach to dealing with threats to Australia’s security now and into the future but disappointingly provides little more detail than the national security statement announced by the former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd in 2008.

“The Gillard Government promised that the National Security Strategy would provide the missing detail in terms of actions and costings; it does nothing of the sort”, Senator Humphries said.

“Just like the leaked draft Defence White Paper, this document is broad and fails to clearly articulate how the nation will respond to threats. Only this time Labor can’t just claim it was a draft.

“It is yet further evidence of a government addicted to process and incapable of real policy.

During the 2010 election campaign it was revealed that when the Prime Minister failed to attend National Security Committee of Cabinet meetings, instead sending a junior staff member to attend on her behalf.

“The Prime Minister can’t pretend that national security is a priority for her or her government - Labor has been hacking away at Defence since 2007 and have left the Defence budget in ‘an unsustainable mess’, to quote Dr Mark Thomson of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute.

“Again, Australia’s security has taken a back seat while the Prime Minister is absorbed in internal Labor party politics”, Senator Humphries concluded.


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