Age of the Dragon

Labor understands the need for speed in defence

Bradley Perrett
By Bradley Perrett
Updated May 13 2022 - 5:14am, first published 1:45am
Apaches are superb attack helicopters, but we have more important defence equipment to buy. Picture: Getty Images

The government and opposition are not equal in defence policy, even though Labor is doing its best to say that they are. In fact, Labor is crucially ahead - though you have to listen carefully to know it, because the party is determined not to politicise national-security planning.

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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.