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I've now read the bulk of the Turnbull Government's Defence White Paper.

It frightens me.

It's long on climate change:

Six key drivers will shape the development of Australia’s security environment to 2035.....one of them is "state fragility",  caused by (amongst other things)  climate change.

Climate change will be a major challenge for countries in Australia’s immediate region . Climate change will see higher temperatures, increased sea-level rise and will increase the frequency and intensity of extreme weather events . These effects will exacerbate the challenges of population growth and environmental degradation, and will contribute to food shortages and undermine economic development  

To help countries in our immediate neighbourhood respond to the challenges they face, Australia will continue to play an important regional leadership role . Our strategic weight, proximity and resources place high expectations on us to respond to instability or natural disasters, and climate change means we will be called on to do so more often.

We are planning to abandon some defence bases because of rising sea water

Climate change will also place pressure on the Defence estate, with sea level rises having implications for Navy bases and more extreme weather events more frequently putting facilities at risk of damage.

But there is nothing on Islam as a fundamental threat to Australia.   The closest the White Paper gets is a description of what it calls DAESH.   What's caused this "Daesh" to materialise, without anything to do with Islam?  According to the White Paper, it's  only arisen because of weak central governments:

The rise of Daesh in Iraq and Syria and the group’s rapid spread across the Middle East, North Africa and South and South East Asia has resulted from Daesh’s ability to exploit weak central government authority and local ethnic, social and economic grievances to undermine stability and expand the group’s extremist ideology.

And not only does DAESH have nothing to do with Islam, according to the White Paper, the Islamic State's purist Mohammedan philosophy drawn from the Quran is apparently rejected by most Muslims.

The violent extremist ideology promoted by Daesh is rejected by the vast majority of Muslims, and it is Muslims who have suffered the most at the hands of Daesh

According to us, it's "Daesh’s ability to exploit weak central government authority" that's created this threat that we are working to 'degrade, disrupt and ultimately defeat".   Nothing to do with Islam.   The threat is not based on The Quran.   Not from Muhammad.   Not from long term plans for an Islamic Caliphate.

As long ago as 2007 the US Vice President Dick Cheney visited Australia to warn that Islamists in the Middle East had:

....ambitions of empire. Their goal in the broader Middle East is to seize control of a country so they have a base from which they can launch attacks against governments that refuse to meet their demands.

Their ultimate aim, and one they boldly proclaim, is to establish a caliphate covering a region from Spain, across North Africa, through the Middle East and South Asia, all the way around to Indonesia. And it wouldn't stop there.

Cheney warns of terrorist caliphate stretching to Indonesia ABC PM - Friday, 23 February , 2007  18:18:00

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Before leaving the Presidency to Obama, President Bush was clear about the threat and intentions of the Islamists.

 
We are in fantasy land.   There is no mention of the hordes of invaders in and en route to Europe.   Nothing about the fifth columnists within Australia.   The word "enemy" does not appear in the White Paper.   Islam has nothing to do with the Islamic Caliphate.
 
But fear not, the Turnbull Government has the answers.  The thing that is "fundamental to achieving Defence capability now and into the future" is diversity and inclusion.
 

The strength of Defence’s leadership, and its ability to adapt and embrace a more diverse and inclusive culture, will be critical to attracting and retaining the workforce it needs for the future . Gender equality and increasing female participation in the Defence workforce and in senior leadership roles is fundamental to achieving Defence capability now and into the future . Defence has confronted the need for behavioural and attitudinal change with the release in 2012 of Pathway to Change: Evolving Defence Culture . The cultural change program continues to strengthen Defence’s capability through creating an organisational climate focused on diversity and inclusion that will attract the best people for the job .

You thought Rudd and Gillard were gone and we could get back to normal?
 
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