Australia needs to have such a compelling conventional defence deterrence - that makes the cost too high for any opportunistic actor - to contemplate attacking or invading our nation. This requires the establishment of a sovereign defence capacity which includes researching and developing leading edge, next generation deterrence capabilities and systems. All next generation defence deterrence and systems would require being activated by people and normally require approval by our Common Wealth parliament before being used as a defense deterrence only.
The following principles inform the RepresentUs - Australia perspective on establishing an authentic sovereign defence capability and deterrence for Australia:
All existing foreign and defence treaties will be maintained, however Australia will develop an effective defence capability that does not presume that our allies and friends will always be able to come to our assistance in all circumstances
Australia will focus on building a sustainable defence capability that protects all our maritime, air and land borders
Australian armed forces will not be involved in overseas activities except for peace keeping, assisting in natural emergencies, clear breaches of international norms, and to aid our friends and/or allies in defending against unprovoked attacks
Any military action must be debated in parliament and agreed by a majority of 60%, unless there is a clear and urgent national security need to defend Australian sovereignty
Where there has been a clear and urgent security need to defend Australian sovereignty, and military action has been taken without consultation of Parliament, this must be debated by Parliament within a week of the action