Greens spokesperson for Defence Peter Whish-Wilson provides the following comments on today’s announcement that Australia is joining and contributing to a regional arms race, with a massive blow-out in expenditure in the Defence White Paper.
Senator Whish-Wilson said, "Reports today about the Defence White Paper suggest that the paper will indicate that the threat level to Australia remains unchanged, yet somehow the Government has decided to continue to ramp up their Defence spending.
Senator RHIANNON (New South Wales) (16:12): I rise to speak on the Senate Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade References Committee report on contamination caused by firefighting foams at RAAF Base Williamtown and Australian Defence Force facilities. On behalf of the Greens, I moved for this inquiry and was pleased to get the support of the Senate. We moved to do that because of the rising concerns of residents at Williamtown, and many other people as well, that the Department of Defence was not being responsible in how it was responding.
The Greens spokesperson for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, welcomes the intervention by the Minister Michael Ronaldson in Woolworths’ misuse of the word Anzac, but says more needs to be done to prevent the commercialisation of the Anzac commemoration.
Greens spokesperson for Veterans’ Affairs, Senator Whish-Wilson, said, “The entire nation was shocked by the revelations of the recent Four Corners episode regarding the prevalence of mental illness and PTSD amongst our defence force personnel returning from deployments and other service.
The Australian Greens today join the community in honouring the service of the men and women who served in Afghanistan as part of Operation Slipper and welcome them home.
"Around Australia today people have come together to say thank you to all those who put their lives on the line in Afghanistan, and to honour their service, and I join them," said Greens Leader Christine Milne.
The Australian Greens believe that genuine security can only be achieved by addressing the underlying causes of conflict and basing conflict resolution on cooperation, human rights, natural justice and disarmament, as per the United Nations Charter.
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