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?
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. Robert was elected Leader of the Liberal Party and Leader of the Opposition in... Read more
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 Internatio... Read more
Sally Warhaft is a Melbourne broadcaster, anthropologist and writer. She is the host of The Fifth Estate, the Wheeler Centre’s live series focusing on journalism, politics, media, and international relations, and The Leap Year, a Wheeler Centre podcast about Australians’ lives in the fog of ... Read more
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