Australia to become major defence exporter under $3.8b Turnbull plan

"That is the ambition", the prime minister said.

Malcolm Turnbull on Monday unveiled his government's $US3.1 billion "defence export strategy" which outlines the policy and strategy to make Australia one of the world's top 10 weapons exporters by 2028.

Speaking at a media conference alongside Mr Turnbull today, Minister for Defence Industries Christopher Pyne addressed concerns regarding new export target markets.

"When the Government talks about expanding arms exports to the Middle East, where exactly does it mean", Amnesty International Australia's Crisis Campaigns Coordinator Diana Sayed said in a statement.

Among other moves, the government will create an Australian Defence Export Advocate posting to support the Australian Defence Export Office, which will provide the arms industry with the constant high-level advocacy needed to promote weapons manufacturers overseas, the Guardian reports. "We do not see Russian Federation or China as posing a military threat to Australia", Bishop told Sky News television commenting on the new US National Defense Strategy unveiled by Pentagon Chief James Mattis recently, according to which Russian Federation and China are undermining the existing world order threatening the United States.

"I'm very supportive of any proposal that creates jobs, that's the starting point" senior Labor MP Anthony Albanese told ABC Radio.


Greens leader Richard Di Natale said the announcement showed Mr Turnbull wanted Australia to become a "massive exporter of death", criticising Australia's history of selling defence products to Saudi Arabia.

"But as an organisation working on the front-lines in conflict zones, we also know that an increase in the supply of arms and munitions is not the answer", Mr Ronalds said.

Australia saw a record number of jobs created past year, but its manufacturing sector has shrunk significantly following the end of domestic auto manufacturing.

The government is expected to spend $20 million per year to implement and support the new defence export strategy.

Mr Pyne said the focus would be on increasing exports to countries including the US, Canada, UK and New Zealand, to "build up the global military capability of countries like ourselves".

"What we are looking for are countries where we have got a strong human rights track record and, of course, have safeguards in place", he told the Nine Network.


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