National security has been prominent in Australia’s 2022 Federal Election campaign. This document is part of a series that intends to provide a snapshot of some priorities and targets from the different political parties in the lead-up to the election.
Many candidates and parties advocate a more capable and better-funded Australian Defence Force (ADF) to protect Australia’s interests in a deteriorating security environment. Sovereign capabilities and a growing defence industry have become common themes. The two major parties, and some of the minor ones, support the AUKUS agreement for nuclear-powered submarines and advanced capabilities. There are some key points of distinction, however, in how best to strengthen Australia’s defences. A major point of difference is the Greens’ policy to reduce defence spending.