Prime Minister, Julia Gillard, reportedly will seek to boost Labor’s defence credentials in a speech singling out China and cyber attacks as key security concerns.
Ms Gillard will make the comments on Wednesday in her first important speech of the election year to the Australian National University’s National Security College in Canberra, The Australian newspaper reports.
She will also outline Australia’s national security objectives, actions and priorities over the next five years.
Sources familiar with the document told the paper it was a ‘much more substantial’ contribution than former Prime Minister, Kevin Rudd’s, 2008 national security statement to Parliament.
The document focuses on Australia’s strategic environment – in particular, the growing economic, political and military clout of China – and a massive escalation in cyber attacks against government and industry.
It’s not expected to contain new policy initiatives or resource commitments, the paper said.Source: Sky News “PM speech to have China, cyber focus”
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