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Defence Strategic Review handed to Anthony Albanese, Richard Marles

ByGurinderbir Singh

Feb 14, 2023

Anthony Albanese and Richard Marles have received a crucial report which will shape the future of Australia’s defence force.

The defence strategic review, undertaken by former defence force chief Sir Angus Houston and Stephen Smith, was handed to the Prime Minister and Defence Minister on Tuesday afternoon.

The report – conducted over six months will now be reviewed – a process that could take “weeks” before de-classified parts are eventually made public.

Speaking during Question Time, Mr Albanese said the review was about preparing Australia for “the challenging strategic circumstances that we face”.

“We committed, and announced, well before the election of the Defence Force posture review but we decided, of course, to elevate that to a full strategic review,” he said.

“Looking at not just where our Defence Force assets were, but what our Defence Force assets are, so that we improve our capability. Because it’s not, of course, just about how many dollars are spent, it’s about whether those dollars are going towards creating capability improvements to defend our nation.”

Mr Marles said the review was the “single most important re-evaluation of Australia’s strategic posture in the last 35 years”.

“Against a backdrop of the most complex strategic landscape that we have faced since the end of the Second World War,” he said.

“The review has met with 150 different experts across academia, think tanks, defence industry, and the defence force itself,” he said.

“I have no doubt the report we (receive) will be one of the most important works in Australia’s defence history.”

Over 360 submissions from the general public, interested parties, organisations and state and territory governments were received during the six month process.

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