Why Australia needs a radically new defence policy

Three senior defence experts from The Australian National University (ANU) have come together to call for a radical change in Australia’s defence policy in the wake of the increased potential threat posed by China.

Emeritus Professor Paul Dibb, Honorary Professor Richard Brabin-Smith and Honorary Professor Brendan Sargeant – who between them have more than 70 years’ experience working in the Australian Department of Defence – will speak at the Why Australia Needs a Radically New Defence Policy event on Thursday 27 September.

Former director of Australia’s Joint Intelligence Organisation, Emeritus Professor Paul Dibb, said Australia must react to China’s increasing military capabilities.

“For the first time since the Second World War, there is now the prospect of a potential adversary – with whom we do not share values – operating in our neighbourhood and capable of threatening us with high intensity conflict,” Professor Dibb said.

“Take for example the South China Sea, it now has three airstrips capable of taking fighter aircraft and strategic bombers.

“That has brought China’s military capabilities 1,300 kilometres closer to Australia’s vulnerable northern approaches.

“We’re going to have to change our strategic policy, our force-structure and our readiness in a radical way,” he said.

Media are invited to attend and more information is available here: vhttp://www.anu.edu.au/events/why-australia-needs-a-radically-new-defence-policy

Interviews with speakers are available by contacting the ANU Media Team on 02 6125 7979 or media@anu.edu.au.

WHAT: Why Australia Needs a Radically New Defence Policy

WHERE: ANU Australian Centre for China in the World Auditorium

WHEN: Thursday 27 September, 5.30–7pm

Emeritus Professor Paul Dibb, ANU Strategic & Defence Studies Centre

Professor Dibb will analyse Australia's deteriorating strategic outlook, how China is threatening our strategic space, why the US is becoming a less reliable ally, and why we need to become more self-reliant.

Honorary Professor Richard Brabin-Smith, ANU Strategic & Defence Studies Centre

Professor Brabin-Smith will focus on why defence warning time has now dramatically shortened because of the potential threat from China's military capabilities, and will examine the consequent implications for the ADF.

Honorary Professor Brendan Sargeant, ANU Strategic & Defence Studies Centre

Professor Sargeant will explain the crucial need for a much more imaginative strategic policy that strengthens Australia's ability to handle defence crises. He will argue for a significantly increased defence budget.



Aaron Walker
ANU Media
T: 02 6125 7979
M: 0418 307 213
E: media@anu.edu.au


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