Investing in our security
To help combat terrorism at home and deter Australians from committing terrorist acts abroad, we need to ensure our security agencies are resourced properly and have the powers to respond to evolving threats and technological change.
Of the $1.2 billion in new funding for national security, the 2015 Budget will provide $450 million to strengthen intelligence capabilities and to counter extremist messaging.
This is in addition to the $630 million we invested in the 2014-15 MYEFO.
Tracking security threats
The new measures include $296 million to strengthen the capabilities of our intelligence agencies, including updating information technology systems.
Metadata is essential to most counter-terrorism investigations and for detecting and prosecuting other serious crimes.
New legislation requires telecommunication companies to retain metadata for two years. We are providing $131 million to assist the telecommunications industry to upgrade its systems to implement this policy.
$450 million to strengthen intelligence capabilities and to counter extremist messaging.
To deter terrorism we need to challenge the recruitment methods used by extremist organisations, particularly online.
The Government will invest $22 million to combat terrorist propaganda and counter violent extremism.
This measure will challenge terrorist organisations' lies and propaganda online.
This will make it harder for terrorist groups to attract vulnerable Australians, particularly young Australians, through the internet and social media.
The 2015 Budget includes new funding of $750 million to support military operations in Afghanistan, Iraq and the Middle East.
The Government is developing a fully-funded and affordable Defence White Paper, to be released later this year.
This will put Defence funding on the growth path to two per cent of GDP by 2023-24, consistent with our election commitment.
We will implement the recommendations of the First Principles Review to ensure the Defence organisation is appropriately structured and organised to support our troops in the 21st century.
Investment in people and technology
In 2015-16, Defence funding of $31 billion is being used to invest in our troops, and in cutting edge technology for our troops.
Our men and women in uniform will receive a two per cent per annum pay rise. Military personnel on operations are also exempt from income tax.
The Government is renewing our Air Force with the purchase of advanced fifth generation Joint Strike Fighters. We have invested significantly in patrol and surveillance aircraft to secure our border with new P-8A aircraft and MQ-4C Triton unmanned aerial vehicles.
We are acquiring additional C-17 Globemaster III transport aircraft to enable rapid deployment of troops and equipment for military and humanitarian operations in our region and beyond. We are also upgrading equipment to protect our troops, such as improved body armour and advanced technology to counter improvised explosive devices. The Government will always seek to buy the best available capability while maximising value for money.
A competitive defence industry
To ensure a safe and secure Australia, the Government has an ambitious programme to buy up to 40 surface ships and submarines over the next two decades.
This will include replacements for the ANZAC Class frigates and the Collins Class submarines. We are also acquiring a fleet of Offshore Patrol Vessels.
The Government is creating opportunities for Australian companies to design, build and sustain ships. Under the Pacific Maritime Security Programme, we will build up to 21 patrol boats for Pacific nations.
Our Naval Shipbuilding Plan will ensure that Australian industry is well placed to participate in the frigate and submarine replacement programmes.
The Government will announce further capability decisions in the Defence White Paper.
$750 million in new funding to support military operations overseas.