The Defence Sub-Committee of the Parliament’s Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade has commenced an inquiry into the benefits and risks of a Bipartisan Australian Defence Agreement as the basis of planning for, and funding of, Australian Defence capability.
Committee Chair Senator Linda Reynolds said the inquiry will consider options to provide long-term Defence capability planning stability, including reviewing the approaches to strategic Defence planning in other countries such as the USA and Denmark.
“Despite leaders of Government and opposition stating over many years that Defence is a most fundamental task of Government, the nature of Australia’s three-year electoral cycle has demonstrated that this stability cannot be assumed, or guaranteed,” Senator Reynolds said.
“The capital productivity of the record taxpayer investment indicated by the Integrated Investment Plan relies on stability in strategic guidance which generates efficiency and effectiveness on part of both Defence and Defence Industry.”
The committee will inquire into the benefits and risks of a Bipartisan Australian Defence Agreement as the basis of planning for, and funding of, Australian Defence capability. The full terms of reference for the inquiry are available on the committee’s website.
The Defence Sub-Committee invites submissions from anyone with an interest in the issues raised by these terms of reference. Submissions addressing the terms of reference should be lodged by 15 October 2017.