The big issue right now is, 3 of the 4* biggest Defence procurement programs in history. Sea 1000, Sea 5000 and Land 400 phase 3 with a combined budget of $150B+ all sit at critical junctures right now, with major decisions due in the next 12 months.Just to state the obvious most long term defence projects need to survive several changes of government. In Australia’s case we do have a reasonably bipartisan approach to defence matters.
That isn’t to say that there won’t be changes to future procurement programs. No doubt there will be continual budgetary pressures and unwanted governmental interference but I think most established programs will blunder along as usual.
It is also more important than ever for Australia to maintain good relations with its allies so I don’t see any major changes in our defence policy in the foreseeable future.
I could be wrong of course but I just don’t see any indication that Australia’s overall defence posture is going to change anytime soon.
* Other being the F-35 under Air 6000