The Case for an Australian Militia (VII)

A. The Short-Term Plan:

a) Australia’s State capitals and Darwin are all coastal and harbour-based. They are vulnerable to surprise, full-scale seaborne invasions. They should be the initial focus of the short-term plan.

b) The six Australian State capitals and Darwin, have almost 14,000,000 inhabitants. Initially, 400,000 men from these cities should be trained for local defence.

c) Distant, isolated capitals (such as Darwin, Perth and Hobart) which are more difficult to reinforce should initially have a higher proportion of militia.

City                      Present Population*                Militia Numbers (short-term)

Darwin                              127,500                                                  10,000

Perth                                1.7 million                                               90,000

Hobart                               210,000                                                  20,000

Brisbane                           2 million                                                  60,000

Adelaide                           1.2 million                                               40,000

Sydney                              4.6 million                                             100,000

Melbourne                         4 million                                                 80,000

Total                                                                                                       400,000

*According to Google

B. Longer-Term:

a) The Federal government should encourage the development of the Militia so it numbers at least 10% of the overall population, nation-wide. Training could be initially accomplished by Army officers, and weaponry should be purchased by individuals, using the standard Australian Army weaponry.

b) The Federal government could on a modest budget, fund the expansion of rifle-ranges and training facilities.

c) The 10% proportion could be easily increased to 12-15% in the event of an invasion, by absorbing back into the force a percentage of recent militia members.

d) Full development of the militia should lead to the reduction and ultimate elimination of the  Australian Army.


* Australia cannot expect that other Asian nations will always be our friends: we should have learnt that in 1941-42.

* The darkest pages in history are often the most instructive.[1]

* The Golden Rule of Insurance: Hope for the best, but plan for the worst.

*Every nation historically, has expected its able-bodied men to assist in the event of invasion. So should we.

*“To be prepared for war is one of the most effective means of preserving peace.” George Washington.




[1] Craig, G., “Germany 1866-1945,” 1980, p,viii.

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