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2010 Labor Defence Statement – Labor's Plan for Defence

Labor’s plan for Defence made a number of policy announcements. Labor said that it would publish a new Defence White Paper at least every five years and that it would honour its defence funding commitment for the delivery of Force 2030. This included committing to 3 per cent average real growth in Defence’s funding base to 2017–18, after 2018 an average of 2.2 per cent real growth through to 2030 and 2.5 per cent fixed-cost indexation from 2009–10 to 2030.

Labor emphasised increasing transparency in Defence to keep the Australia public informed about defence issues.

On international relations, the paper acknowledged the importance of Australia’s relationships with the US, Japan, China, South Korea, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, India, Pakistan, New Zealand and neighbours in Southeast Asia and the Pacific.

Labor confirmed its commitment to the UN, peacekeeping and participation in initiatives to prevent the proliferation of WMDs. It also underscored its commitment to the ADF to provide assistance in humanitarian emergencies and natural disasters.

In terms of Defence operations, Labor said that ADF troops would remain in Afghanistan as long as the mission requires, that it would proceed with the acquisition of a Counter-Rocket, Artillery and Mortar system, that the recommendations of the Force Protection Review are progressed as a priority and that it would continue its contribution to operations in East Timor and the Solomon Islands.

Labor also identified cyber security as a top national security priority. On the issue of looking after ADF troops, Labor said it would introduce a new program of enhanced support and services for wounded ADF members. It said it would also expand strategic health alliances into a network of across Australia to deliver treatment and training opportunities to ADF personnel. Labor announced it would increase funding for Reserve training salaries and introduce a new humanitarian assistance and disaster relief role for Reservists.

For Defence infrastructure, Labor said it would carry out a comprehensive review of the Defence estate and an independent commission would then be appointed to consider Defence’s recommendations. 

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2010 Labor Defence Statement – Labor's Plan for Veterans' Affairs

Labor committed to taking appropriate action to respond to the Review of Military Compensation Arrangements to ensure services and support for veterans and serving members. It also pledged to provide more than $47 billion for aged and community care, improve the transition process for ADF members moving into civilian life and allocate $18.2 million to the pharmaceutical reimbursement scheme for war-caused disabilities.

Labor stated it would provide $3.3 million for Australian interpretive material at the Vietnam Veterans Education Centre in Washington to ensure that the Australian contribution to the Vietnam War is included in the Centre.

In terms of military superannuation, it committed to pursue reforms to enhance the governance arrangements for military superannuation and on ex-service organisations, Labor stated it would ensure that the review into advocacy and welfare support delivered effective reforms.

In the paper, Labor pledged to introduce a new program of enhanced support and services for wounded ADF members costing $21.2 million over four years. It also stated that it would expand strategic health alliance networks and extend specialise care to ADF personnel in a program costing $12.1 million over four years.

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2010 Labor Foreign Affairs Statement – A Good International Citizen: Australia's Development Assistance

A Gillard Labor government committed to increasing development assistance to 0.5 per cent of the Gross National Income by 2015–16.

The Labor government pledged to progressively increase Australia’s official development assistance until it reached 0.7 per cent of the Gross National Income. The Millennium Development Goals were at the centre of the federal Labor government’s aid program. Labor’s aid efforts  focused on providing access to education, eliminating violence against women, assisting in better maternal health for women and children, providing access to clean water and sanitation, helping Australia’s neighbours to adapt to climate change, tackling avoidable blindness, and creating a volunteers program with 1,000 places each year in the Asia–Pacific, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean.
 

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2010 Labor Foreign Affairs Statement – Advancing Australia's Interests Internationally

The primary objective of Labor’s foreign policy was to see Australia shape regional developments and play a more active and responsible role on the international stage. The three foreign policy pillars included: the alliance with the US, support for the UN and multilateral institutions, and strong engagement in the Asia–Pacific region.

The key themes of Labor’s foreign policy were highlighted as strengthening important bilateral relationships and engaging with regional and international multilateral institutions and organisations. The important bilateral relationships highlighted were with the US, Japan, China, India and Indonesia.

A number of future priorities for Labor’s foreign policy were identified. Strengthening relations with the US, New Zealand, China, Japan, South Korea and countries in Europe, the Middle East, Africa and Latin America was highlighted. Labor said it would continue to lead global efforts on nuclear non-proliferation and disarmament. It also affirmed its commitment to putting in place a fully operational Australian Civilian Corps and increasing official development assistance to 0.5 per cent of Gross National Income by 2015-16.

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2010 Labor National Security Statement – A Secure and Fair Australia

The key theme of Labor’s foreign policy for the future was a secure and fair Australia. The paper announced a number of policies to secure Australia. Labor said it would establish the first National Security Capability Plan to ensure non-defence national security agencies agreed on the security risks facing Australia and emphasised that Labor would continue an all-hazards approach to national security.

Additional announcements included that Labor would work towards developing a National Security Fusion Capability to link information from various agencies against organised crime and terrorism, become party to the European Convention on Cyber Crime, invest in assets for border security, establish a new Asset Confiscation Taskforce, create a more disaster resilient Australia and provide additional funding to the Safer Suburbs and Secure Schools programs.

In terms of creating a fair Australia, Labor stated that it would introduce a package of reforms to strengthen federal civil justice system, strengthen the ability of the family law system to address family violence and protect children. Furthermore, the paper announced Labor would create an Age Discrimination Commissioner and strengthen community safety for Indigenous Australians and work to improve the national title system.

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Updated: 25 Jul 2018