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Marles to prioritise strategic need over local construction in boat decisions

Marles to prioritise strategic need over local construction in boat decisions

The defence minister has cleared the way for a fundamental shift in planning for a looming defence capability gap during the worst strategic environment Australia has seen in decades.

  • by David Crowe

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Hastie warns of ‘bleak outlook’ as China claims it’s the victim of provocation

Hastie warns of ‘bleak outlook’ as China claims it’s the victim of provocation

The opposition’s defence spokesman backed the condemnation of Chinese military operations around Taiwan and said Australia must prepare for more pressure on national security.

  • by David Crowe
Marles accuses China of breaching UN rules with Taiwan exercises

Marles accuses China of breaching UN rules with Taiwan exercises

The Defence Minister made it clear China was flouting the UN Convention on the Law of the Sea by launching ballistic missiles in an escalating response to a visit to Taiwan by US House Speaker Nancy Pelosi.

  • by David Crowe and Peter Hartcher
Minister warns WA ‘massively under-defended’ against foreign threats

Minister warns WA ‘massively under-defended’ against foreign threats

Defence Industry Minister Paul Papalia said there was a minimal army presence in WA and the nation’s lucrative mining assets needed to be better protected.

  • by Heather McNeill
Global conditions warrant defence review, but choice of former minister questioned

Global conditions warrant defence review, but choice of former minister questioned

Defence analysts say there is urgency to complete a new review of the ADF, but have reservations about the appointment of a former Labor defence minister to help lead it.

  • by Katina Curtis
Urgent review of Australia’s defence ordered as security threats grow

Urgent review of Australia’s defence ordered as security threats grow

The Defence Minister will call in experts to conduct a snap review while the government decides on nuclear submarines and plans to build a bigger army.

  • by David Crowe
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Vietnam vet grapples with flashback trauma

Vietnam vet grapples with flashback trauma

On the 60-year anniversary of Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War, Perth native Gary McKay remembers being a 20-year-old conscript in charge of a platoon.

  • by Katelyn Catanzariti
British admiral tells Australia not to worry about warship ‘teething problems’

British admiral tells Australia not to worry about warship ‘teething problems’

Problems with new frigates Australia is buying have been played down by the head of Britain’s armed forces, suggesting today’s problems will be Australian gains.

  • by Angus Thompson
Ben Roberts-Smith’s fate in the hands of one man

Ben Roberts-Smith’s fate in the hands of one man

Has the evidence put before the judge in the Roberts-Smith case been enough to convince him the media outlets have cleared the high bar of proving a war hero guilty of murder? 

  • by Deborah Snow and Michaela Whitbourn
‘Everything on the table’: France, Australia renew military ties after subs fallout

‘Everything on the table’: France, Australia renew military ties after subs fallout

Australia has chosen a “much more difficult” option by pursuing nuclear-powered submarines over conventional vessels, a leading French naval commander has warned.

  • by Matthew Knott
As the Roberts-Smith case nears its end, barrister returns to where he began: ‘Someone is lying.’

As the Roberts-Smith case nears its end, barrister returns to where he began: ‘Someone is lying.’

The two high-profile barristers for each side in the Roberts-Smith case have given the court starkly different takes on the evidence as they make their final pitches

  • by Deborah Snow