Jay White over at Webdiary wonders how the left, in this case the Greens, would finance their policies. One way of raising billions of dollars without having to tax any one a single cent is to simply get shot of these big buck offence – sorry, I mean defence – projects the Howard government has going at the moment. There’s $530 million on the 59 (that’s about $8 million a pop; and one $2.00 Molotov cocktail and it does go pop) totally useless M1A1 Abrams tanks that will never fire a shot in anger in Australia, (unless Howard has something else in mind for them here). Then there is the Air Warfare Destroyers which are designed specifically to attack off-shore nations (since we are an island nation-state). The savings here would be a massive $6 billion! Then there is the $200 million on ‘anti-terrorism’. Then there is the millions being spent on upgrading our F-111s and F/A-18s. And how can we forget the millions for the new light-weight torpedoes? (When was the last time the RAN fired a torpedo at any one?)
In this so-called war against terrorism will we be using all this stuff to blow away some bloke with a suspicious looking knapsack on his back? No? Then why do we need it?