Nathan Church

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20 Aug 2015

This paper provides a summary of each of Australia’s defence white papers issued between 1976 and 2013 and seeks to draw out common themes that emerge in some or all of them.

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Australia published defence white papers in 1976, 1987,...

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9 Jul 2015

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The Australian Defence Force (ADF) regards northern Australia as strategically important, both for national defence and as a forward base for regional engagement. The ADF presence in northern Australia also directly contributes to the economic and social development of the region. A...


19 Sep 2014

This paper chronicles the 125 Commonwealth Members of Parliament identified as having served during the Colonial wars and/or the First World War.


This research paper is a companion to a previous Parliamentary Library publication, Commonwealth Members of Parliament who have served...


11 Aug 2014

This Quick Guide provides an overview of the Australian naval shipbuilding industry since the 2013 federal election. Specifically, three key questions are addressed:

What is the current status of naval shipbuilding and sustainment within Australia? What are the positions of Australian political parties and...


8 May 2014

Through the Australian Defence Force Gap Year program and the preceding Ready Reserve scheme, Australian school-leavers have had the opportunity to experience full-time military training without the obligations of longer-term initial periods of service. This paper analyses these programs, assessing their respective characteristics, identifying both...

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