We call on you to urge elected members of your party and the parliament to work for a reduction in military spending. Each month there are new scandals of waste and inefficiency in the Defence Department yet there is no mention of a reduction in military spending. The waste in the Defence Dept is partly due to the impunity they have as they know they are guaranteed an increased spending by 3% till 2018.
When the Queensland Floods struck the military did not have an amphibious craft to rescue our citizens or deliver relief goods. This is despite dedicated massive expenditure on the military so much so that they have had an increase of 50% in expenditure over the last 10 years. The military expenditure is 10% of our income and we are 6th highest per capita highest spenders on the military in the world. We call on you to cut Australia’s military spending and divert that money to social useful programs.