Sorry, Morrison hasn’t introduced an actual improve in defence spending
The media is happy about Scott Morrison’s deliberate improve in defence spending — besides that it is nothing greater than what we already dedicated to years in the past
For those who learn the papers at present, you would be forgiven for considering Scott Morrison was going to announce a large improve in spending on unique new weaponry (“innovative”, “hypersonic”, “strike functionality”, and so forth, and so forth) to fight the seething menace of China.
“New missiles for defence in $270 billion arms build-up” claimed the AFR. “Scott Morrison shoulders arms to China in 10-year,$270 billion plan,” mentioned The Australian. “Australia to spend $270 billion constructing bigger army to arrange for ‘poorer, extra harmful’ world” the ABC advised us. The standard suspects like Peter Jennings of ASPI have been exhumed from their bunkers to endorse the spending.
Fairfax journalists, not less than, pointed out towards the top of “Australia to purchase ship-killing missiles and shift focus to Indo-Pacific” that “this isn’t a rise in Australia’s defence spending in actual phrases past the established order”.