RSL Calls for National Security Overhaul

The Returned & Services League of Australia (RSL) has called for a national political and social reawakening in response to emerging issues, following the release of their report, An Australian National Security Strategy – Adapting to Poly-Crisis. The report, authored by Professor John Blaxland and supported by the RSL’s national defence and security committee, urges Australia to strategically harness its natural and human resources to meet future challenges.

Key Recommendations:

  • Increase Defence Spending: Expand military capacity beyond current levels, including more fighter aircraft, warships, and combat brigades.
  • Strengthen International Ties: Enhance connections with ASEAN, particularly Indonesia, address the Myanmar refugee crisis, and deepen relations with the United States and South Pacific countries.
  • National Community Service Scheme: Introduce a program similar to the US Peace Corps.
  • New National Institute: Establish a statutory National Institute of Net Assessment to monitor strategic threats.

RSL National President Greg Melick emphasized that these issues impact all Australians, not just veterans and Defence personnel. He highlighted the need for a substantial increase in resourcing and visionary engagement to address growing threats and ensure national preparedness.

The report also calls for more flexible Defence recruiting standards and employment conditions to adapt to modern combat roles in cyber and space security.

“The time to act is now,” Melick concluded, urging immediate and serious commitment to these recommendations for Australia’s security.


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  • Noel Iszlaub May 30, 2024   Reply →

    ……. all short of reintroducing a National Service Scheme for the additional Combat Brigades

  • Bob Long May 30, 2024   Reply →

    You have got to be kidding me the RSL of Australia has its nose so firmly planted in the Governments ass it is mostly irelevant to most veterans.

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