Journalist’s defence policy
Senator Hill holds a doorstop interview at DSTO Fisherman Bend about a new fatigue testing system for RAAF aircraft but all the journalist wants to do is ask questions that clarify the Journalists opinion. It would appear that he believes that the current Australian Government are warmongers and should not buy equipment such as cruise missiles that might frighten Indonesia. The Newly Introduced SLAM ER missile System. One of the options Australia is considering (Quotes in italics are mine) Journalist: Minister, why does Australia need a cruise missile capability? Senator Hill: ?Crew safety (stupid) Why do you need the latest digital micro recorder? Why do we need destroyers or artillery or tanks – because we need a defence force and we have to equip them with up-to-date weaponry- Jesus what’s your point Journalist: What signal does this send out to our neighbours such as Indonesia who may have legitimate concerns that we will not have, or will have this capability? Senator Hill: Well the Indons have known that cruise missiles have been in our procurement progamme for years. A very clear message we hope! Journalist: It’s not a sign of greater belligerence on Australia’s part? Senator Hill: Not at all. Potential enemies need to know that we have a competent and well equipped defence force and we will use it if we are threatened . If, in your minimal understanding of defence matters, that constitutes belligerence, then make up your own answer. You will anyway. Journalist: What’s the likelihood this will actually trigger some sort of arms race through the Asia Pacific region? Senator Hill: None and we don’t care if it does! Journalist: What do you say to people who suggest that Indonesia is the only possible target for these sorts of weapons? Senator Hill: Indonesia is a friend and neighbour of Australia. And it’s a good idea to remind them every now and then that they should hold ABRI (Indon’s answer to our ADF) on a short leash. I would also say that Indonesia is not the only possible target – with the war against terrorism in full swing we are presented with a world wide target-rich battlefield. Hey, anyone can be our target – just blow up some of our women and kids and then stand around in one spot and crow. You too can become a target The journalist has chosen to ignore the fact that we had a squadron of F18s in the Middle East working with air forces that were equipped with cruise missiles. Even a grade 8 teenage boy would know that the ability to fire your GPS guided missile 400 km away from any threat makes crew moral and accuracy a non-issue. Still, what would I know – I’m not a journalist. There are images of all the contenders here at Defence Correction Reader kinch has correctly pointed out that ABRI should be TNI – see comments.