New government’s defence and veterans’ ministers prompt concerns
By Ross Eastgate/Pictured
THE die is cast and Australia has a Labor government committed, in opposition at least, to making defence and veterans a priority.
It’s early days yet, but there are growing concerns in the wider defence community as to government priorities and appointees’ capabilities.
The defence portfolio has gone to deputy PM Richard Marles, whose past close links to the Chinese hierarchy have raised some concerns as to his suitability for the role, which he has long coveted.
Veteran affairs and defence personnel have gone to a relative unknown and inexperienced West Australian, Matt Keogh, an appointment which is based more on factional needs than demonstrated capability.
The portfolio has also been moved outside the inner cabinet, which inspires absolutely no confidence this government intends to place any priority on veterans’ issues, nor serving personnel.
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