Retire the C-130J or H ?
May. 8, 2012 - 09:39AM | By AMY COOPES, Agence France-Presse
CANBERRA, Australia — Key U.S. ally Australia slashed Aus$5.5 billion ($5.57 billion) from its defense budget May 8 as part of sweeping cuts by deferring or scrapping jet and weapons deliveries and by sacking 1,000 staff.
Defense saw the largest cuts of any sector in the 2012-13 budget, with $5.5 billion in savings scheduled over the next four years, but the government promised the reductions would have “no adverse impact on operations” overseas.
Australia has some 1,500 troops serving in Afghanistan as well as peacekeeping deployments in East Timor and the Solomon Islands, and it is set to host a new United States military base in the Asia-Pacific.
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Retire the C-130J or H ?
Well at least they are getting rid of some staffing not just Diggers. The US DOD has more civilians working there than the combined strength of the US AirForce and US Navy active duty personnel.
Good, Chile needs a pair of c-130 right now...
They will retire the C-130H models, since they have had a hard life.
The only reason why the Labour Govt is cutting the Defence budget, is so they will not get a backlash from the Public Service Unions. The Defence Dept is an easy target to help them get back into surplus.
A surplus the previous Conservative Govt gifted to the Country. And the current Labour Govt, blew on feel good spending. Like a "family bonus" with which people used to buy the latest flat screen TV's. Or the House Insulation Scheme, where the insulation product used was so bad, that it caused house fires. Then you have the "Green Jobs'' program.
One of it's great legacies, is a ocean wave power generation system which sits abandoned and rusting off a Port Kembela Beach. But the Labour Govt has given this group even more money.
People in Australia can't wait for the next Federal election to throw the Labour Party and it's Green allies out of power.
Last edited by Reichswehr; 05-09-2012 at 02:39 AM.
Watch the defence force leave in droves in the coming years, especially combat corps.
5.5 billion is a shit load to cut. This fucking sucks.
Im not impressed at with our current Government or the greens! I do however think that both lib and lab should be more environmentally focused and look for greener solutions in regards to energy and global warming.
it sucks about the JSF and having to mothball some MBT's but none of the operational projects are being cut. our Brig came out and said we aren't being touched but we wont get new buildings and offices [lines] for another 5 years!