The Blue Paper Project

Catholic University Students' submission
to the Federal Government's review of Military Policy

The International Movement of Catholic Students Australia (IMCSA) at their meeting over the weekend of 22/23 July wish to make the following submission in regard to Australia's military spending.

As University students we know that the Federal Government is running down education, especially tertiary education. The burden of education is shifting from the Government to ordinary people. This will inevitably produce a situation in which the richest are favored in education. We also know that the Government is 15th in spending on education in OECD countries. This is out of 17! We know from other studies that we are one of the richest countries in the world. We also know we are 9th in OECD country in levels of youth poverty, with 1 in 8 in danger of being homeless.

The prospect of doubling spending on military equipment to over $20 billion will mean that other agencies such as education will have to have their budgets cut to find the money for this massive expenditure. Military equipment does not automatically bring security.

Security is a much wider concept that includes the social fabric of society. A country's security depends also on its care for all its citizens. If citizens do not feel valued and their potential realized through good education and jobs to fit those qualifications then all the arms in the world will not bring a sense of well-being and security.

Instead we say decrease military spending and spend more on social needs such as education and youth services.