Facts and Figures
Australia is among the top military spenders per capita.
This is not something to boast about! There are alternatives – for example, well resourced public schools with better facilities and smaller classes to educate the citizens of the future; more beds in our public hospitals with more nurses with better working conditions, a sustainable environment, and much more.
All this would be possible if Labor and Liberal Governments would listen to the people and cut military spending.
• We spend $32 billion a year on the military that is $87 million a day.
• That makes us the 14th biggest spender on the military in the world.
• We are 6th largest per capita spender on the military in the world.
• Australian military expenditure equals and sometimes surpasses what we spend federally on education.
• Australian military expenditure is 9 to 10 per cent of Federal Government outlays.
• Australian military expenditure is guaranteed to rise by 4 to 5 per cent each year for 20 years.
• Australia has spent $10 billion on the war in Afghanistan – $1 billion a year plus an additional $1.6 billion for extra armour.
• Australia is buying 3 Aegis air warfare warships at over $2 billion each.
• Australia has recently acquired a fleet of 24 Super Hornet warplanes for $6.6 billion.
• Australia is purchasing 100 F35 Joint Strike Fighters at a cost of over $16 billion. This aircraft involves controversial, highly complex technology and is still being developed. In late 2009, when the Government ordered its first instalment (14 jets totalling $3.2 billion), less than 3 per cent of flight testing had been undertaken.
• Australia cannot staff its existing 6 Collins Class submarines but the 2009 Defence White Paper pushed for 12 new submarines (estimated to cost $38 billion).
• Australia plans to be the first country in the South East Asian region to acquire cruise missiles (said to be more than $0.5 million each). Not only will this appear threatening to our neighbours but it will put us in breach of a nuclear non-proliferation measure to which we subscribe, the 1987 Missile Technology Control Regime.
Building the Educational Revolution; $16.1 billion ½ of 1 year’s military spending
The Government’s 2 year economic stimulus plan – $42 billion 1 year and 3 months military spending
Move Royal Adelaide Hospital to a new site – $1.7 billion 3 weeks military spending
Refurbish Royal Hobart Hospital – $1 billion 2 weeks military spending
Government funding of large, grid-connected solar projects (Solar Flagships Program) – $1.5 billion 3 weeks of military spending
Refurbish Royal North Shore Hospital (Sydney) – $1 billion 2 weeks military spending
Rebuild Wagga Wagga Base Hospital – $290 million 3 days military spending
$100 mill for Tamworth’s hospital Just over a day’s military spending Just over a day’s military spending
Acute care beds for Dubbo and Orange Base Hospital – $5 million 1 and half hours military spending
EcoTransit’s light rail plan for inner west Sydney – $414 million 4 days of military spending
Australian overseas aid — $4.3 billion 1½ months military spending
Queensland reconstruction after the cyclone and floods — $5 billion 2 months military spending