Age of the Dragon

China in the Pacific, Australian defence policy in 2003

Bradley Perrett
By Bradley Perrett
April 1 2022 - 1:00am
The trouble for Australia is that Peter Dutton's 2022 defence plan is Marise Payne's old plan, which was basically obsolete when it was made in 2016. Picture: Getty Images

Incompetence in Australian defence policy couldn't be clearer than it has been this week. As China sees a chance of establishing a base barely 1500 kilometres from Queensland, our government sticks by military planning that pretends the world is hardly changing.

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Bradley Perrett

Bradley Perrett is a regular ACM columnist with a focus on Australia's relationship with China, covering defence, strategy, trade, economics and domestic policy. He was based in Beijing as a journalist from 2004 to 2020. His articles are supported by the Judith Neilson Institute for Journalism and Ideas.

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