The DLP is committed to the self-reliant defence of Australia.
The defence of Australia is the first responsibility of Government. We believe that defence spending should be increased and maintained at a minimum of 2% of GDP.
The DLP will also insist that the ADF use Australian-made equipment wherever possible, and preference given to Australian companies in all contracts.
The volunteer gap-year program should be restored allowing for more personnel to be adequately trained.
Existing entitlements and incentives for defence personnel and their families should be maintained and not subject to funding cuts.
The DLP supports the introduction of a Coast Guard similar to the US to help protect our borders.
Defence today has taken on a new meaning because the threat to Australia is not only from without, but also from within.
The Democratic Labour Party remains committed to ensuring Australia’s national security is planned for the long term, and adequately resourced both for external and internal threats. Our defence force needs to be configured so that it can easily adapt to cope with all future strategic challenges and deter any threats in our region.
The DLP will achieve this by listening to the advice and requirements of the ADF.
The DLP is committed to building strong and enduring alliances with our neighbours in the region, as well as with the United States of America.
It is critical for our military to be well equipped and to have the latest technology. The DLP will call for the establishment of an ongoing committee to examine the effectiveness of defence force purchases and to oversee the future needs of defence force infrastructure.
The DLP will re-introduce the Gap Year program which attracted additional personnel into the defence force. Many of these transferred to the full time ADF.
Where possible defence equipment will be manufactured in Australia. The DLP will work with Australian Companies so that we can be self-reliant for all military equipment
NO PERSONNEL FUNDING CUTS
Australian troops risk their lives on behalf of their country. They should be rewarded for this by receiving appropriate pay, with an annual increase above inflation rate.
FREE BASIC HEALTH CARE
Families of defence force personnel to receive free basic health care wherever they are stationed.
COMBAT STRESS PROGRAMS
Many soldiers returning from war zones suffer from post-traumatic combat stress. The DLP will fund programs to help our returning troops address their mental health and cognitive needs, and enable them to integrate back into the community.