The Case for an Australian Militia (VI)

                        Some Practicalities:

I. The  Background:

* The U.S. is both morally corrupt and economically bankrupt, but tries to paper over its problems.

*Australia’s allies cannot be relied upon to help us. The ANZUS treaty requires “consultation…” No one is obliged to assist us militarily if we are invaded.

* There is potential for a military crisis to develop, with significant implications for Australia. eg. U.S. /Iran, North Korea/South Korea, China/India, India/Pakistan, China/Taiwan and U.S./ China. A serious military defeat for the U.S. in Asia would dramatically heighten tensions in our area.

* There are also food-shortages in some parts of the world, which could encourage some nations to consider expansion opportunities. The Australian Army has 30,000 soldiers, with 16,900 reservists: the Chinese Army numbers 2.25 million soldiers. Using 47,000 Australian soldiers as a basis, that’s a ratio of 1:47.

* We must begin now, to take full responsibility for our defence in a cost-effective manner.

* A well-developed Australian militia offers an excellent deterrent, and provides a major headache to an invader, almost impossible to overcome.

Step 1:

* The Federal government must frankly acknowledge to the Parliament:

a) The potential for serious instability in our region, which could threaten Australia.

b) The absolute futility of relying on ANZUS and the U.S. for Australia’s defence.

c) The resultant vulnerability of Australia to a concerted, full-scale invasion.

d) The poor cost effectiveness of aircraft-carriers, submarines and large numbers of fighter aircraft.

e) That every nation historically, expects its able-bodied men to be willing to assist in the event of an invasion.

f) The need to vigorously develop over time a national defence system, based around an Australian Militia.


Step 2:

* The development of an Australian Militia will require an urgent social debate regarding the use of firearms by civilians in a free society. What is clear is that:

a) Gun laws disarm the innocent and the vulnerable, not killers. The strategy of twentieth century dictators (such as Stalin, Hitler and Mao) was always to remove forearms from the community, or restrict firearm ownership, so that dictatorship could not be resisted. An unarmed nation is a defenceless nation.

b) A national defence policy based around an army of 30,000 for a nation of 21 million is manifestly inadequate.

c) The rifle and pistol are equally indispensable… The very atmosphere of firearms everywhere restrains evil interference – they deserve a place of honour with all that’s good. George Washington

d)  It will be found an unwise and unjust jealousy, to deprive a man of his natural liberty upon a supposition he may abuse it. Oliver Cromwell, 1649.[1]

* This debate should lead to a re-appraisal of our firearm legislation, at State and Federal level.

* The Federal government should plan for the Militia’s development, using the Swiss militia as a model. This will require a short-term plan (say, 3-4 years), and a longer-term plan (10 years).


[1] Quoted in Alymer, G., “Rebellion or Revolution?” 1986, p.134.

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