Hockey must rule out more cuts to Defence

Labor is calling on the Abbott Government to immediately rule out more cuts to Defence following the Treasurer’s announcement today that he is looking for more cuts to rescue his shambolic Budget.

Labor is calling on the Abbott Government to immediately rule out more cuts to Defence following the Treasurer’s announcement today that he is looking for more cuts to rescue his shambolic Budget.
 
"Now, if the Senate chooses to block savings initiatives, then we need to look at other savings initiatives that may not require legislation and I would ask the Greens and the Labor Party who between them hold 35 votes on the floor of the Senate - to understand that there are alternatives for a Government." (JOE HOCKEY – AM PROGRAM – 16 JULY 2014)
 
The Abbott Government’s Budget has already delivered cuts and broken promises for Defence, and Joe Hockey’s arrogant threats of more cuts will only create further uncertainty.
 
The Abbott Government’s Budget cut a massive 2,406 civilian Defence jobs, hurting the overall capability of the Australian Defence Force.
 
These job cuts will erode essential support in intelligence, and scientific and technical know-how.
 
The Abbott Government has already cut $120 million from the budget of the Defence Science Technology Organisation (DSTO) and $120 million from Defence’s intelligence capabilities. 
 
The Abbott Government has also failed to do anything to bridge the ship building valley of death, excluding Australian companies from tendering for two new Navy supply ships and sending Australian jobs overseas.
 
Successive Governments have invested heavily to sustain and cultivate a world-class shipbuilding industry in Australia. But the Abbott Government is prepared to let the industry wither away and die.
 
The Abbott Government’s cost cutting delays and changes to the Land 400 fighting vehicles project have also threatened our land capability and are prejudicing the potential for Australian companies to be involved.
 
The Abbott Government is overseeing continued uncertainty in the Defence portfolio and must immediately rule out any further cuts.
 

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