The Morrison-Joyce Government’s mismanagement of critical Australian defence projects has been highlighted by a new report from the Auditor-General revealing long delays and capability shortfalls in major defence projects.
The Australian National Audit Office (ANAO) report shows that major defence projects worth billions of dollars are running years behind schedule in achieving Final Operational Capability.
The ANAO found that as of the end of 2020-21, the combined schedule delays for the 21 major projects it examined stood at an extraordinary 405 months – more than 33 years.
This means Australian Defence Force personnel are not getting the equipment and platforms they need to do their jobs and Australia is facing capability gaps with national security implications.
The ANAO report also found that the schedule delays for these 21 projects deteriorated during 2020-21, blowing out by a total of 73 months during the financial year.
Of particular concern, the ANAO report revealed that:
This is on top of a series of debacles by Liberal Governments on Defence helicopter acquisitions including:
These findings show that the Morrison-Joyce Government’s revolving door of incompetent Defence Ministers is compromising Australia’s national security.
With six Defence Ministers in eight years – and four Defence Ministers under Prime Minister Morrison alone – it is clear that the Government is comprehensively mismanaging billions of dollars of acquisitions that ADF personnel need to carry out their missions.