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We need a new approach to defence policy that focuses on climate change

Australian Greens Peace and Disarmament spokesperson Senator Jordon Steele-John has reiterated his calls to fundamentally restructure our defence force, after a speech prepared for ADF Chief Angus Campbell - released under FOI - warned climate change could stretch our capacity and had the potential to "exacerbate conflict".

Senator Steele-John agreed climate change was the biggest threat in our region and said preparing our defence force for the impacts - food and water shortages, increasing natural disasters and mass displacement of people - must be an absolute priority.

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Defence projects of concern management creates its own concern

Greens Defence spokesperson, Senator Peter Whish-Wilson, commented on the release of the Auditor-General’s report into Defence’s Management of its Projects of Concern.

 

"The Auditor-General’s finding that Defence no longer has an appropriate framework to manage projects of concern comes as no surprise.

 

"Defence is basically given a blank cheque.

 

"For example, the White Paper lists the cost of 12 new submarines at simply ">$50bn".

 

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