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Table of the week – recent defence budgets

Posted By on April 17, 2013 @ 13:58

As Graeme Dobell’s account [1] of Defence Minister Stephen Smith’s speech suggests, there was scepticism in the audience about his claim that the defence budget over the past twelve years averaged out at a little over 1.7% of GDP.

The data is shown in the table, reproduced from Mark Thomson’s 2012–13 Cost of Defence report [2] (page 26).

The average from 2001–02 to this year is, as advertised, 1.763%.

Net Defence funding as a percentage of GDP [3]

(Click table to enlarge.)

Sources: 2012-13 Budget Overview [4], 2012-13 Defence Portfolio Budget Statements [5] and earlier Defence Annual Reports [6].

Andrew Davies is senior analyst for defence capability at ASPI and executive editor of The Strategist.

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[1] Graeme Dobell’s account: http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/vietnam-and-lessons-for-afghanistan-and-the-budget/

[2] 2012–13 Cost of Defence report: http://www.aspi.org.au/publications/publication_details.aspx?ContentID=339

[3] Image: http://www.aspistrategist.org.au/wp-content/uploads/2013/04/Table-DefenceSpending.jpg

[4] 2012-13 Budget Overview: http://www.budget.gov.au/2012-13/content/overview/html/overview_28.htm

[5] 2012-13 Defence Portfolio Budget Statements: http://www.defence.gov.au/budget/12-13/pbs/index.htm

[6] Defence Annual Reports: http://www.defence.gov.au/annualreports/index.htm

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