The Cost of Defence: ASPI Defence Budget Brief 2011-2012


ASPI-UNISYS Defence and Security Luncheons 26 May, 2011

Dr Mark Thomson

Thursday, 26 May 2011

clip_image002This report, prepared by Mark Thomson, gives interested readers greater access to the complex workings of the Defence Budget and promotes informed debate on Defence budget issues. This year’s budget shows that the implementation of the government’s 2009 Defence White Paper is continuing to fall behind schedule.

The government needs to get its plans for Defence back on track. The future investment program needs to be brought in line with what can feasibly be achieved over the next few years, and steps need be taken to improve Defence’s understanding of its budget.

The time has come to abandon the promise of 3% real growth in defence spending and instead fund Defence on the basis of what they can realistically and sensibly spend.

This report was officially launched on 26 May 2011. Download the transcript, presentation slides and view the video here.

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The 2011 Defence Budget and Defence Reform

ASPI-UNISYS Defence and Security Luncheons 26 May, 2011

Dr Mark Thomson

The Boathouse by the Lake 12:00pm – 2:00pm

In 2009 the government set out an ambitious program for Australia’s defence establishment; expand and modernise the defence force and find $20 billion of savings over the next decade. There is little doubt that delivering the government’s program will place heavy demands on both Defence and Australian defence industry. Dr Thomson surveyed the progress that has been made so far and outlined the prospects for the years ahead in light of the 2011 Defence Budget.

Dr Thomson’s report, The Cost of Defence: ASPI Defence Budget Brief 2011-2012, was launched at this event. More than 100 people were in attendance including members of government, Defence, industry and the media.

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