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The Politics of Defence

Last year we discussed Australian defence culture and values with the Chief of Army David Morrison. Now, following budget cuts and the release of the new Defence White Paper, the Fifth Estate looks at the politics of defence, with former defence minister Robert Hill and security expert Professor Alan Dupont.

What are the priorites of the Australian Defence Force? What are its strengths and weaknesses? And who is in charge?

Who?

Portrait of Robert Hill

Robert Hill

Robert Hill was a member of the Australian Senate from 1981 to 2006, representing South Australia. He was educated at the University of Adelaide and the London School of Economics, where he gained a Masters degree in law.

Portrait of Alan Dupont

Alan Dupont

Professor Alan Dupont has worked on Australian defence and Asian security issues for more than 30 years as a strategist, diplomat, policy analyst and scholar. He is Professor of International Security at the University of New South Wales and a non-resident fellow at the Lowy Institute for International Policy in Sydney.

Portrait of Sally Warhaft

Sally Warhaft

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.

The Fifth Estate

Our long-running current affairs series, The Fifth Estate, is a mainstay of the Wheeler Centre programme. With our in-house news anchor Sally Warhaft at the helm, it's a series of in-depth conversations with guests from the world of politics, culture, journalism and international relations. It's free, it's fortnightly and it's rigorous long-form interviewing at its best.

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