China’s rising influence in the region has alarmed many defence experts. But the question remains: would Australia ever need to fight China on its own?
Australia committed A$195 billion to defence spending in 2016, but many now believe this is insufficient with China's rising influence in the region.
While Marise Payne participated in Tuesday’s cabinet meeting by telephone, she is not well enough to travel to Japan.
The Australia-Japan foreign and defence ministers' 'two-plus-two' talks, due to be held in Japan before Christmas, are being deferred because of Marise Payne's recent illness.
The French submarine, Shortfin Barracuda, designed by the DCNS group, to be the design base for Australia’s new fleet.
AAP Image/DCNS Group
Australia's new submarine fleet will be designed for a range of different missions in our challenging maritime environment.
The DCNS Shortfin Barracuda is a large submarine, but that might suit our needs.
Submarines possess a number of unique capabilities that make them ideal to protect Australia's interests.
The adjustment in Australia’s defence spending to 1.9% to 2% of GDP is reasonable.
The stakes around Australia's defence appear higher and the urgency greater than at any time since the height of the Cold War.
Malcolm Turnbull will visit China this week in his first time there as prime minister. The two-day trip, including visits to Shanghai and Beijing, will juggle trade and political issues.
Tony Abbott’s previous timetable for acquiring new submarines was criticised in parliament by Malcolm Turnbull.
It's ON between Tony Abbott and Malcolm Turnbull – the political equivalent of nuclear war.
The release of the defence white paper this week revealed plans to substantially increase Australia's military spending over the next two decades.
The new defence white paper marks a return to seriousness in its approach to spending.
Australia's security bears no relation to whether we meet the target of raising defence spending to 2% of GDP.
Australian defence ranges, such as Shoalwater Bay, cover some 3 million hectares of the country.
Australia's defence forces manage huge swathes of land which are home to valuable ecosystems. The new defence white paper finally acknowledges the importance of looking after them.
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Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull presents the defence white paper at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra.
The Turnbull government’s defence white paper identifies key risks to Australia’s security environment in the next two decades.
Defence Minister Marise Payne is still to announce who will build Australia’s next generation of submarines.
The defence white paper is silent on where Australia's new fleet of 12 submarines will be acquired.
Defence Minister Marise Payne inherited a draft of the defence white paper last year, but wanted to put her own stamp on it.
The defence white paper will pledge an additional $29.9 billion in defence spending over the coming decade and support for businesses to innovate in areas such as cyber security and aeronautics.
Defence diplomacy will not substantially transform the overall picture of Asia’s ongoing political cleavages.
The coming defence white paper presents an opening for the Turnbull government to place its stamp on national security priorities and to align planning and policy settings with its strategic vision.
Tony Abbott has announced a commitment to defence shipbuilding in South Australia.
The government has unveiled a centrepiece of its coming Defence White Paper, bringing forward a $40 billion program to build surface warships.
Climate change will affect defence personnel themselves, as well as the kind of situations they find themselves deployed in.
AAP Image/Australian Department of Defence, Corporal Ricky Fuller
Nations such as the United States have treated climate change as a major security threat for years. The Australian government's forthcoming Defence White Paper cannot afford to ignore the issue.
Should Australia seek a ballistic missile defence capability, like that of the United States?
US Department of Defense
Ultimately, the argument for Australia to acquire ballistic missile defence does not stack up.
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Defence minister Stephen Smith, prime minister Julia Gillard and Commander of Defence Forces David Hurley at the launch of the Defence White Paper.
Australia’s new Defence White Paper reflects a revolution in the way in which Australia thinks about its strategic geography. The “Indo-Pacific” has now decisively displaced the “Asia-Pacific” as defence…