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Australia to spend A$1 billion on new naval missiles, rocket system

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It’s ‘Australian Defence Force’ (ADF) but anyway good to see we are getting some better gear.

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Old news. This has been in the works for over a year.

Obviously this is needed to maintain the effectiveness of Australian forces.

The missiles for these systems need to be made under license in Australia. I think that is the plan going forward.

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Waste of money. China doesn't need to invade in order to take over Australia - they are already doing it through control over politicians, influence in universities, ownership of real estate, etc.

Another China fan fantasy scenario. The past few years have shown China has zero control over Australia, hence their trade sanctions, tariffs and bans and refusal to meet with Australian government officials. They now meet with the new government but nothing else has changed. China still trying to blame Australia for Chinese short comings.

Chinese influence over Australia is non existent. They can buy all the land they want, it makes no difference. If they ever attack Australia all their land becomes nationalized and they forfeit all assets.

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Then Peter can explain why debt to China is so large and when you look around your surrounded by made in China products.

Australia has a massive trade surplus with China, thanks to their need for LNG and resources, ores and coal etc.

Products in stores are already changing to made in India and made in Bangladesh, where they used to all be just made in China.

Australia makes its own bullets and gunpowder and has done for many decades. China's economy has slowed down to be similar to the rest of the world, down from the 20% yearly increases that got it to the number two spot. The idea that China is the place to make money has been busted and nations realise they need to diversify their supply chains, and it is happening. Investments moving away from China, who have shown they can not be trusted. China is big, but their attempt to become the most important nation will fail because they way the do things is not acceptable to the majority of the free world. The movement away from China will gather pace, others will grow as a result.

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At least this order goes to Norway, and not US. Norway, the country of the Nobel Peace price. Japan should learn from this. When the world wants to fight, stand aside, and sell them weapons.

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Waste of money. China doesn't need to invade in order to take over Australia - they are already doing it through control over politicians, influence in universities, ownership of real estate, etc.

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In Australia’s position they can only be attacked by either sea or air so long range air and land based strike capabilities to take out any attacking aircraft before they can launch missiles or ships as area denial is a must for their defence, ergo the submarine decision. If enemy forces get to a position where HIMARS are effective (good though they are) it’s too late.

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Wasting money on military toys is a macho power drive for governments. It's not about actually having strike capability.

There is an easier, more effective alternative. As with Russia, use insurgents and target the leader and government. Completely avoids those annoying missile defence systems.

But none of this is really about winning a war. Wars are fought by governments as a means of controlling their own people. Winning them is a pleasant bonus. Other regimes are sacrosanct and off limits from attack. Putin could have been bumped off months ago, and the Russian government wiped out. WWII would have been over in weeks if the Allies had dropped a thousand bombs on Hitler and the German government. Instead they waited until millions were dead, the holocaust was playing out, and dropped a thousand bombs on Dresden, a city with plenty of civilians in it. In Japan, they nuked two cities, were preparing to nuke more, but avoided Tokyo, where the government was. See the pattern? War is a game that governments play. We are the expendable gaming pieces they play with.

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Good. Let's get ready to rumble!

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