Australian Labour Party, same s**t different country

#1
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/03/22/2196664.htm

Defence Dept told to shed $10b in spending



Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon says the cuts are necessary to fix problems inherited from the Howard government [File photo]. (AAP: Department of Defence)

Video: Fitzgibbon to slash defence jobs (ABC News) Federal Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon has ordered his department to cut $10 billion in spending over the next 10 years.

Mr Fitzgibbon says the majority of the cut will come from shedding staff within the non-uniform ranks of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Mr Fitzgibbon says tough decisions now to bring the budget into line.

"It means less people in the non-uniform side of the Defence business, and more money there to invest in the high end - in the people in uniform, their protection, their training and of course the capability they rely upon to adequately defend the nation," he said.

He says the Federal Government is still committed to increasing spending on defence by 3 per cent a year in real terms.

But he says the cuts are necessary to fix problems inherited from the Howard government.

"The consequences of which go to the very heart of our ability to defend the nation," he said.

"We're determined to make the tough decisions it will take to make sure we have all the money we need to ensure our country is well protected."



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B:
22 Mar 2008 12:24:06pm

Well surprise, surprise! Who'd have ever thought a Labor government would cut our defence spending?

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#2
At least they're starting with the civil servants. Never a bad place to start.
 
#3
eveyoz said:
http://www.abc.net.au/news/stories/2008/03/22/2196664.htm

Defence Dept told to shed $10b in spending



Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon says the cuts are necessary to fix problems inherited from the Howard government [File photo]. (AAP: Department of Defence)

Video: Fitzgibbon to slash defence jobs (ABC News) Federal Defence Minister Joel Fitzgibbon has ordered his department to cut $10 billion in spending over the next 10 years.

Mr Fitzgibbon says the majority of the cut will come from shedding staff within the non-uniform ranks of the Australian Defence Force (ADF).

Mr Fitzgibbon says tough decisions now to bring the budget into line.

"It means less people in the non-uniform side of the Defence business, and more money there to invest in the high end - in the people in uniform, their protection, their training and of course the capability they rely upon to adequately defend the nation," he said.

He says the Federal Government is still committed to increasing spending on defence by 3 per cent a year in real terms.

But he says the cuts are necessary to fix problems inherited from the Howard government.

"The consequences of which go to the very heart of our ability to defend the nation," he said.

"We're determined to make the tough decisions it will take to make sure we have all the money we need to ensure our country is well protected."



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B:
22 Mar 2008 12:24:06pm

Well surprise, surprise! Who'd have ever thought a Labor government would cut our defence spending?

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My bold. The main problem with the whole thing.
 
#4
Not only are they cutting spending they are going to be selling off land on a very important base in Western Australia.

On Rudds visit to this base he made a comment in passing in front of a bunch of soldiers that the land this base occupied was far too valuable for the defence department to have. So he will be selling it off.

Probably to his mates the scum bag property developers who will create a concrete slum.
 
#5
Perhaps he'll build more bases where the land is cheaper. Putting military bases where nobody else wants to live should solve his recruitment problems.


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#7
The only valuable land that I can think of would be Campbell Barracks on swanbourne beach, home of our SAS. If sold, only the rich would be able to afford the blocks. Irwin Barracks is not far away in the western suburbs and would fetch a fair price, not as valuable, but worthy of development. Both would be zoned residential and would fetch many millions of dollars.
 
#8
Let's face it, with a Labour/Socialist government in power in Australia the armed forces are going to be squeezed, big time. These people just can't help themselves when it comes to Defence spending. More money is required for 'social spending'. It is the socialist mantle.
 
#11
If he cuts back on the army, who's going to rebuild houses for the Abos in remote communities every time they trash them?
 
#12
Howard WAS a weasel, but for the first time in my life I voted for his side of politics, rather than the ALP.

Never really impressed by Kev, it was always apparent that a Labour government under his leadership would be obsessed with 'social issues' at the expense of the fundamentals which maintain the peace, security & prosperity of a nation.

As an exceptionally hard working public servant involved in the 'defence business', this can only be bad news!
 
#13
I remember last year on Anzac day, I was with my mates in the Navy all they discussed was Rudd. They didnt want him to get in because he would turn the navy into a scaled down patrol boat operation.

All of them saying Dont you vote for Rudd he will wreck the defence forces. Low and behold here we go...

And yes the base is swanbourne.
 

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