Hmmm. I wonder when or if the purposes of these projected forces will be looked at sensibly.
Moving away from what seems to be the more emotive issue of fighters, we learn that the larger fleet of submarines is to protect ships carrying our exports. Now most of those exports go to (anticlockwise and not by value) Japan, S Korea, China, Taiwan, Thailand and Singapore (also India and Europe and LNG to the US if the CAians ever work out if they actually want it). It occurs to me first that the ships with those exports do not happen to be owned by Australia, and second those buying the content must be just about as keen for their safety as we are. So exactly how does Aus having a fleet of offensive subs make these ships any more safe. And why should we be any more concerned about that than the ship owners or the customers. Talk about a straw man!!!
And just to add to this argument, at present the main danger to shipping is pirates and in the fascinating threads on these "interesting" folk, I have not heard torpedoing them suggested as a major fix!! And deck guns are a thing of the past. (Come on Astuteman, a modern sub design especially to fix pirates, now there is a challenge!)
So aside from the supposed danger being rather a manufactured one, exactly how would subs help??
I could mount a whole set of similar arguments in relation to the increase in the air force.
So far this century, Aus seems to have mainly been engaged in fighting reactions to poor government - I would put Iraq, Afghanistan, Timor, and Solomons all in that basket. It is far from clear how the most expensive elements - the subs and the fighters would be any help at all in those wars. We know that while a bomb in a village disturbs the baddies, in general they seem to kill more of what are always described as innocents (matters little whether they are or not of course).
, there is the argument "don't get ready to fight the last war", but exactly which war would these new "assets" be suited to fighting? Seems awfully like the cold war all over again. And that is possible too, as a number of folk around the world keep acting as if they cannot wait to have the "good old days" back again!
End of rant! But I don't feel any better for it.