The Australian Government has pledged $ 747 million (US $ 578 million) to upgrade four military training facilities in the Northern Territory in time for a war game exercise between the United States and its allies.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison flew to Darwin to provide Australian soldiers with the best skills and training and to announce that spending is important to confront the “difficult global environment.”
“We will continue to advance Australia’s interests by working with the United States, allies and neighbors of the Indo-Pacific, especially by investing in the Australian Defense Force throughout northern Australia,” Morrison told reporters.
“Our focus is on the pursuit of peace, stability, freedom and open Indo-Pacific, and we have a world order that supports freedom,” he added.
The prime minister said the announcement had nothing to do with China.
“All our goals through the activities of our Wehrmacht are designed to pursue peace. That is the purpose of our government. That is the path we are pursuing.” He said.
The shooting range and support facilities of Robertson Barracks, Kangaroo Flats, Mount Bundey, and Bradshaw Field will be upgraded.
The Blood Showfield runway will be extended and strengthened to support heavier aircraft.
“The government needs to stop announcing the same thing over and over again,” said Anthony Albanese, leader of the federal opposition.
“Once again, there is a re-announcement to hide the fact that this government does not offer, but prices are skyrocketing,” he told Darwin reporters.
The cost of the upgrade will be up to $ 447 million higher than initially estimated in 2019, but the Prime Minister said there was a significant upgrade, especially in light of changes in the strategic environment.
Darwin’s visit will take place shortly after Secretary of the Interior Mike Pezzullo asks Australia to be more prepared, saying that the “drums of war” are hitting the region.
“Today, free nations continue to face this dire challenge,” he wrote in a message to his department. “In a world of constant tension and horror, the drums of war beat. Sometimes slightly far, sometimes bigger, and closer than ever.”
Warnings about possible conflicts have increased in recent months, especially as the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) continues its stance on Taiwan.
Chinese military aircraft also invade Taiwan’s territory almost every day, but the PLA continues to build up across the strait.
Defense Minister Peter Dutton said Sunday that the dispute over Taiwan could not be ruled out.
“People need to be realistic about their activities,” Dutton told ABC.
“There is militaryization of bases throughout the region. Obviously there is a fair amount of activity and there is hostility between Taiwan and China.”