The Echidna: Girded over sea, ravaged by failed defense purchases | The Canberra Times

Politics also plays a role. How much economic benefit will a multi-billion dollar contract bring to Australia? Are there more pressing needs, such as social housing for example? Ultimately, the primary responsibility of any government – blue, red, green, teal – is the security of the nation. Surrounded by sea as we are, maritime defense is fundamental to our security. So it’s important that we do it right.