We need to commit to ensuring a peaceful Australia and preparing our defence force to focus on the impacts of climate change.
20 years on from the invasion of Afghanistan we should reflect on our role in a castraphoic human rights disaster and recommit to a peaceful approach in how Australia engages with our region and the world.
The Greens have a plan to:
- Reduce defence spending to 1% of GDP by 2026 ensuring that Australia has a light, readily deployable, and highly mobile force that is commensurate with our size and location;
- Renegotiate the US alliance with the terms of a new relationship focused on making Australia safer and a better global citizen;
- Pass War Powers legislation that is currently before the Senate to require Parliamentary approval for decisions that commit Australia to war;
- Close all foreign military bases in Australia;
- Sign and ratify the Nuclear Weapons Ban Treaty; and
- Ban the development and use of lethal autonomous weapons.
Our plan will make available $312 billion for essential services our community needs right now, and will build cooperative relationships with our friends and neighbours so that we can work together to create a peaceful future for all of us and give everyone what they need to live a good life.