https://www.brisbanetimes.com.au/politi ... 557op.html
Australia to buy ship-killing missiles and shift focus to Indo-Pacific
Australia will acquire long-range missiles to protect overseas forces, allies and the mainland against rising threats including China.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison will on Wednesday deliver a major update to the nation's defence strategy, including the purchase of long-range anti-ship missiles from the United States to equip its fleet of Super Hornets.
It will also investigate the possibility of acquiring new long-range missiles that can be launched from the land in the future, including hypersonic missiles that can travel at least five times the speed of sound.
The new strike capability will be acquired to defend Australia and its allies against a number of threats as part of the new strategy, which focuses the nation on protecting itself and its allies in the immediate region of the Indo-Pacific.
In recent decades Europe might well have politicaLLY "STABILISED" (unlike in the pre-World War Two decades) to the point where plenty of Europeans now delude themselves that war is a thing of the past. . But in Asia there has been no such retreat from the prospect of war breaking out but the direct opposite: the nations and peoples of Asia are drawing ever further apart making the outbreak of war not only possible but increasingly likely.
The chief destabilising force is of course The Peoples Republic of China.
To survive in such a combustible geopolitical environment Australia needs to be as ready as we can be for any likely contingency. I just wish it were happening during some more prosperous time as our economy is now sinking into post-COVID-19 recession.It means that money is short for defence spending along with all other forms of public expenditure now and into the forseeable future.