Minister for Defence Stephen Smith today released details of the consultation process for the general public for the 2013 Defence White Paper.
In May, Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Minister Smith announced that the Government had commissioned a 2013 Defence White Paper to address a number of significant developments internationally and domestically since the 2009 Defence White Paper that are influencing Australia’s national security and defence posture.
The Defence White Paper will be delivered in the first half of 2013.
The White Paper will consider in detail the implications of the changing strategic circumstances in our region for Australia’s national security and defence, including:
- The ongoing strategic shift to our region, the Asia Pacific and the Indian Ocean Rim, particularly the shift of economic weight to our region;
- The US re-balance to the Asia Pacific and Australia’s enhanced practical cooperation with the US pursuant to our 60-year-old Alliance relationship;
- The ADF’s operational drawdown from Afghanistan, East Timor and the Solomon Islands;
- Australia’s own Force Posture Review – the first in a quarter of a century; and
- The ongoing adverse effects of the Global Financial Crisis, which have continued to have a significant impact on the global economy.
The views of individual members of the public and community groups with an interest in Defence will be an important contribution to the development of the 2013 Defence White Paper.
Interested parties are now invited to lodge submissions to assist in the considerations underpinning the development of the White Paper.
This general public consultation process follows on from consultations with State and Territory Government representatives, Defence Industry representatives and policy experts from academia and think tanks. These consultations commenced in May and are ongoing.
Submissions can be lodged until 28 February 2013 through the Defence White Paper 2013 website at http://www.defence.gov.au/whitepaper2013 or posted to the following address:
Defence White Paper 2013
Department of Defence
PO Box 7901
CANBERRA BC ACT 2610
The Defence website includes additional information on the lodgement process.
Each submission should be no more than 1500 words of text in total. There is no limit on the number of submissions that an individual or group can contribute. Submissions can address any relevant topic, although the website provides guidance on suggested broad themes.
For further technical information or assistance in lodging submissions, telephone support is available on 1800 643 938.
Minister Smith’s Office (02) 6277 7800
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