Lazy platitudes about Australian moral and military exceptionalism were put to the test in Afghanistan, and found wanting.
The Brereton report is providing an opportunity for the ADF to rethink its core values. It ignores changing social expectations at its peril.
These issues matter to our strategic allies, particularly in the Pacific. Dutton’s climate change scepticism and attitudes toward First Nations people could have a damaging effect.
ADF Chief Angus Campbell has publicly retreated in the dispute over revoking the Meritorious Unit Citation for the Special Operations Task Group serving in Afghanistan between 2007 and 2013.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison has demanded China apologise for – and Twitter remove – a highly offensive tweet depicting an Australian soldier with a knife to the throat of a child.
The revocation of citations for special forces units, in light of the Brereton inquiry, could land the government in hot water
Negotiations on the recent defence pact between the two nations had stalled over the issue of the death penalty, which Japan has and Australia opposes.
Scott Morrison has always put the military on an extremely high pedestal. When some of those on that pedestal are found to have done appalling things, the shock is doubly great.
The long-awaited inquiry found 23 incidents in which one or more non-combatants were unlawfully killed.
In a region and world in flux, Japan and Australia have taken another step towards a formal military alliance.
New legislation would give the ADF more power to respond to future bushfires and other disasters. But questions remain about the scope of this involvement and how ADF personnel would be deployed.
The government is setting up a special investigator office to examine the findings of the inquiry into alleged misconduct by Australian special forces in Afghanistan between 2005 and 2016.
The Morrison government is repurposing defence spending in a A$1 billion boost to support about 4,000 jobs and assist small and medium-sized businesses in the defence industry supply chain.
An imminent report on Australian Special Forces’ behaviour in Afghanistan is expected to delivery damning findings.
Australian-based companies get a good share of Australian defence contracts, but not the Australian owned ones, and much of the work is mere subcontracting.
China didn’t feature explicitly in Scott Morrison’s speech, but the dramatic growth in its military capabilities was a clear reason for the surge in defence spending.
Soldiers on Australian streets are not a common sight outside parades. But the current pandemic requires a much more coordinated and strategic response – and a bigger role from the ADF.
A Senate report recommended several measures the government should take to prepare for climate-fuelled migration, natural disasters and conflicts. The response so far has been underwhelming.
Links between groups within the Kivu province and the Islamic state are not new.
State governments have apologised for past laws discriminating against LGBT people. LGBT service members deserve the same from the ADF, as well as a path toward redress.