Social defence for Australia?



Publication Details

Martin, B. (1982). 'Social defence for Australia?', in J. Falk (Eds.), Preventing Nuclear War: Australia's Role : papers from a symposium held at the University of Wollongong on 10th September, 1982 (pp. 56-60). Wollongong: University of Wollongong.

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Preventing Nuclear War Symposium


'What level of military commitment is needed to defend Australia against external aggression?'

Much discussion in Australia about the practicalities of defence is encompassed by this question. Many people see military preparations as essential to deter aggression, and in doing this prefer to err on the side of caution, namely by providing too much rather than too little military defence. This would be the view of most people in the Department of Defence, and quite reasonably so, since few of them would rather fight a war than prepare for one that didn't occur. From their point of view, there is no alternative to military preparedness if aggression is to be deterred or defeated.

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