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Fiscal fools: give us a break on the budget BS, Joe

Joe Hockey’s pre-budget spinning has veered into outright falsehoods as he attempts to claim Labor has boobytrapped the budget. Bernard Keane and Glenn Dyer report.

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Foreign affairs: Defence spending down, more aid and spies

It’s a good time to be a spy. While Defence spending has been cut in the federal budget, there’s more money for secret intelligence. And aid funding gets an increase, despite deferring UN goals.

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Defence bill mounts for Israel when it can least afford it

Both sides of the latest military conflict in the Middle East are spending big to defend their turf, despite promises from Israel to cut spending to pay for social reforms. Crikey intern David Donaldson reports.

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Defence spending: the most expensive ‘free ride’ in history

Australia is not “free-riding” on the US. Instead, we’re doing what everyone else, including the US itself, is doing and cutting unnecessary expenditure. Only US contractors lose.

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Evangelical zealotry in government schools

Crikey readers have their say.

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How defence spending ‘contributes to American
prosperity’

Australia defence spending contributes generously to American defence corporations.

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Differentiating triumph and pride

Triumph and pride. These are the universal gestures we will see as the Olympic games unfold. The two are not the same thing but here’s a guide how to recognise them.

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Armitage berates us for cutting funding for US firms

The cuts to the government’s military expenditure have been attacked by a key lobbyist for firms that benefit from it.

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What WikiLeaks says about Blue Lantern, a probe into defence exports

US State department cables released by WikiLeaks have provided dramatic revelations, writes freelancer Grahame Bowland.

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A happy birthday for the Indonesian military?

Bede Moore, who studied Indonesian history at Harvard and Leiden universities, takes a look at two major changes facing the Indonesian military on its 66th anniversary.

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Common sense is cheap, which is why it has no lobby group

Crikey readers have their say.

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Defence: no longer untouchable, the ADF got mugged

For nearly two decades, Australia’s annual budget has been a bit of a ho-hum experience for Defence. But last night it got raided for the first time in years, says Graeme Dobell.

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ADF into the heat of battle

Stephen Smith could be described as a brave man — even a hero — in the real sense of the words rather than the debased usage much of the media and many militaristic politicos have adopted.

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The Guardian | EUROPE|

Why Britain should completely cut its armed forces

Britain spends £45 billion annually on Defence against “fantasy enemies”, says Simon Jenkins. Soldiers are no protection against terrorists.

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New Matilda | FEDERAL|

Defending the indefensible: overspending and government stuff-ups

Australia’s Defence Department spends $26 billion and the shambolic waste and mismanagement in that department is worse than perhaps any other. Ben Eltham investigates the mistakes.

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Visual Economics | THE REST|

Mapping military spending around the world

It’s no surprise that the US spends the more money than any other country — or indeed any other continent — on defence, but which countries spend the most as a percentage of their GDP? Visual Economics map it out.

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