Deciphering Australia’s Defense Budget


Mark Thomson

Asia Pacific Bulletin, No. 215


Washington, D.C.: East-West Center

Publication Date: May 23, 2013
Binding: electronic
Pages: 2
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Mark Thomson, Senior Analyst at the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI), explains that "If the symbolic political target of a budget surplus cannot be reached, the remaining constraints on spending are weak. So, counter intuitively, the failure to deliver a surplus has enabled an increase in defense spending."

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