The Fifth Estate: Chief of Army
What is the role of Australia’s Defence Force in the 21st century? In the recent federal budget, defence spending was cut to the smallest proportion of national wealth since 1938. Does Australia have the capacity to defend itself? What are the most important issues in the defence forces? And what are the national security priorities of the federal government? To discuss these questions, and the culture and values of our defence department, Sally Warhaft meets with Australia’s Chief of Army, Lieutenant General David Morrison and veteran foreign affairs analyst Greg Sheridan.
Lieutenant General David Morrison joined the Army in 1979, after completing a Bachelor of Arts at the Australian National University. He was appointed Chief of Army on 3 July 2011.
Greg Sheridan is The Australian’s foreign editor and one of the most influential foreign affairs analysts in Australian journalism. After 40 years in the field, he is a veteran of international affairs who has interviewed leaders all over the Asia Pacific and America.
Greg Sheridan has written six books, mainly on foreign affairs. His latest, When We Were Young and Foolish, a political and cultural memoir, was published by Allen and Unwin in 2015.
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer and the host of the Wheeler Centre’s live journalism series, the Fifth Estate, now in its sixth 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.