Consequences, consequences: budget settings starve the Air Force & a bureaucracy avoids scrutiny
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Written by

Marcus Hellyer and Michael Shoebridge

The Grumpy Strategists outline the structural consequences for the Air Force from the new permanent spend on ships & subs in the Defence budget. They cover another structural issue damaging Australia’s security – the growing secrecy and lack of accountability of the Defence bureaucracy at a time of record spending. Disturbingly, a new Parliamentary committee that should help seems set to result in more secrecy & less public knowledge.