CITIZENS FOR DEFENCE
Robert Bond Director Citizens for Defence
Australia a ripe plum of the South Pacific
How can a Boeing 767 jet liner with transponders turned off reportedly travel thousands of kilometres parallel to our north western coastline without being discovered by the Australian authorities? Nothing shows up the incompetence of our politicians more than when they can fail to have our continent and the surrounding oceans out to 2000 kilometres continuously monitored by radar, sonar sensors and reconnaissance drones capable of detecting the flight of a massive civilian jetliner.
This happened recently when Malaysian flight 370 was thought to have crashed in the Indian Ocean. It could have flown over Australia and crashed in the inland dessert. Our government would never know. This scandal highlights to our friends and enemies just how unprepared are our defence forces to defend our nation. The government could not do more to encourage spies, terrorists, or armies to land on our northern shores.
Yet there has not been one peep from any of our defence analysts or lobby groups. There just seems to be a learned helplessness that has the experts” hypnotized by the government propaganda intimating it cannot defend our shores. How do they expect to when they waste most of the 1.5% of GDP they spend on defence now on projects like the Collins-class submarines. The last Coles report states everything has been fixed up in a miraculous operation where Australia now has 2 subs operational out of 6 instead of 1 or none. The experts and the media swallow it hook, line and sinker and the nation is reassured.
Australian University Professor and leading pacifist, Hugh White is spruiking to anyone who will listen that the region and the US should be sharing power with China, a communist dictatorship that runs over anyone who mentions democracy in tanks. Hugh talks as though Japan and the other US allies have no skin in the game and it is purely a contest between China and the US. He suggests Japan and by inference other allies of the US pull back from the coalition as their input is insignificant. China could have no greater friend.
Hugh should stop talking on behalf of the US and Japan and suggest what Australia and the rest of the freeloaders in the South and East China Sea should do to balance China. I hope the US continues this policy of disinterest until it forces Australia and the other nations to upgrade their forces. Australia should be spending 4% of GDP (Hugh suggests we should spend half this amount) on intelligent defence assets like nuclear submarines and substantial military exercises. Could Hugh advise us how much power and sovereignty we have to surrender to China before the dragon is satiated?
There is a campaign with other government subsidised and influenced lobby groups lately to heavily criticize the US on their pivot to Asia and ignore the despicable contribution Australia and most other allies contribute to their own defence. What hypocrisy, when you consider the US has bases in Japan, South Korea, Guam, and rotating and training arrangements with most other allies in the area? Aircraft carriers, ships, submarines, missiles, bombers and other military equipment are on constant patrol of the Indo-Pacific area. What more should the US do, fight our wars for us whilst we hide in a fox hole somewhere?
Australia should wake up to the fact that the US has already done far more than it need do, and it is long past our turn to make our nation as safe as is possible with the resources we have.