Defence staff to be put on the front line under Coalition

THERE would be no further cuts to defence under a Coalition government, with Opposition Leader Tony Abbott vowing to move resources from the "back office to the front line".

Announcing the Coalition's defence policy at Holsworthy Barracks in Sydney, Mr Abbott said spending on defence would be 2% of GDP within a decade.

Mr Abbott also revealed plans for a new defence white paper to "guide decision-making" under a "log-term approach" to planning in the portfolio.

Considering the purchase of unmanned drones, building on Australia's alliance with the United States, delivering fairer indexation for military superannuants, ensuring there is no gap in Australia's submarine capacity and implementing free health care for defence dependents were just some of the measures contained in the policy.

"The Coalition will strengthen Australia's defence capabilities," Mr Abbott said.

"We will stop the under-investment in defence under a Coalition government, there will be no further cuts to defence spending."



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