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The Age of Defence

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With major operations in Iraq and the Middle East, the purchase of new military equipment (including ships, vehicles and planes) and the increase in programs to counter violent extremism, how do we prioritise our defence spending and focus? Is the Government's commitment to increase defence spending to 2% of GDP within a decade warranted? And what will the defence white paper, due for release in August, likely reveal?

Fifth Estate host Sally Warhaft talks to defence expert and adviser to Chief of Airforce, Group Captain Catherine McGregor, about the shape of Australia's defence policy in action.

Who?

Portrait of Catherine McGregor

Catherine McGregor

Catherine McGregor entered the Royal Military College Duntroon on 14 January 1974. She graduated to the Royal Australian Infantry having completed an honours degree in Arts and being awarded the C.E.W. Bean Prize in Military History in 1977. Over the intervening forty years, she held a wide variety of appointments inside the Australian Army.

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Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She hosts the Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, now in its ninth year. She is a former editor of the Monthly magazine and the author of the bestselling book Well May We Say: The Speeches that Made Australia.

Sally is a regular host and commentator on ABC radio and has a PhD in anthropology. She did her fieldwork in Mumbai, India, living by the seashore with the local fishing community.

The Fifth Estate

The important stories of the day – off the front pages.

Sally Warhaft hosts a dizzying array of guests from the worlds of politics, culture, international relations and beyond, in a witty and revealing analysis of current affairs.