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    Regular Member Haz.'s Avatar
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    I come from a land downunder.

    Australia Opposition Leader Tony Abbot says Australia's defence spending is too low.

    Abbott maintains US has defence concerns From: AAP July 27, 2012 11:52AM

    OPPOSITION Leader Tony Abbott says officials in the US really are concerned Australia's defence spending is too low.
    But he declined to say exactly what officials told him during his recent visit to north America.

    "It's my rule, a very firm rule, not to spill my guts on the contents of private conversations," Mr Abbott told reporters in Sydney on Friday.

    "But we know from the statements of the former deputy secretary (of) state Richard Armitage that the Americans are concerned about it.

    "He's put that on the record."

    Defence Minister Stephen Smith has said the US isn't concerned about the level of defence spending, which was cut by $5.5 billion over four years in the 2012/13 budget.

    "The defence minister wasn't listening to the same people that I was listening to in the United States, if that's what he's saying," Mr Abbott said.

    The opposition was highly critical of the May budget cuts, saying it would reduce defence spending to 1.6 per cent of gross domestic product (GDP) - a level not seen since 1938.

    Mr Armitage has suggested Australia's spending cuts exploit its close relationship with the US and risk its credibility as an ally.

    Mr Abbott also rejected federal government claims he talked Australia down while in the US, and during a subsequent visit to China.

    "What I always do is put forward what I think is a clear and strong Australian position," he said.

    "My fundamental position is that we are a great country, an outstanding country, our best days are absolutely ahead of us but we are a great country let down by a bad government."
    When a criminal invades your home and has a gun and is trying to kill you, it would be reasonable to shoot back with your own gun.

    My Definition of Gun Control: The idea that dozens of people found dead in the Broadway Café, Tasmania, and many also seriously wounded, all while waiting for police, who were called to show up and protect them, is somehow morally superior to having several armed and therefore alive civilian's explaining to police how the attacker got that fatal bullet wound.

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    Regular Member Jack House's Avatar
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    They wouldn't have to spend so much if they'd just allow citizens to own guns.

    You should run for office, Haz. Your platform could be that you plan on lowering taxes by first lowering government spending while increasing the rights of citizens!

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