Age of the Dragon

Northern exposure: after 18 months, Labor is still not fixing our air bases

Bradley Perrett
Updated December 1 2023 - 3:36pm, first published 1:48pm

When will we get to work on toughening those flimsy northern air bases, Mr Marles? You've been defence minister for 18 months now, and Labor has not moved even a shovel of red earth to prevent sudden incapacitation of the air force by missile strike.

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Bradley Perrett

Bradley Perrett is a regular ACM columnist with a focus on Australia's relationship with China, covering defence, strategy, trade, economics and domestic policy. He was based in Beijing as a journalist from 2004 to 2020.