Failure to act on defence leadership issues

IN 2017 at the National Press Club, Labor defence spokesman Richard Marles declared, “Partisanship in the area of defence strikes me as indulgent and ultimately a little contrived”.

He added, “It ought not be how we do business”.

On 17 April in the same location he declared, “The Liberals were a defence disaster.

“When the Albanese Government came to office we inherited a mess.

“The Liberals were one of the worst defence governments in our nation’s history at a time when Australia could least afford it.”

Partisan, indulgent and contrived.

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