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What the next Defence White Paper should do about the budget

30 Mar 2014
Description

The Abbott government should abandon its pledge to spend 2 percent of Australia’s GDP on Defence, argues this report.

Executive summary

• In 2012-13 Gross Domestic Product (GDP) was used to measure and define the debate over Australia’s Defence spending.

• While GDP has some uses, it can be highly misleading as a form of comparison and analysis.

• A better approach is to follow the established literature by examining the interests of the nation, the environment it finds itself in, and the nation’s financial capacity.

• A return to an orthodox strategic approach will better protect the nation, do so more efficiently, and help sustain long-term public support.

Policy recommendation

• The Abbott government should abandon its pledge to spend 2 percent of Australia’s GDP on Defence and return to an orthodox strategic planning approach, allocating financial resources as appropriate.

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2014
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