Is this the difference between having a male and a female defence minister?

Australia will not increase its number of troops in the Middle East despite the request from America’s defence minister Ash
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Australia will not increase its number of troops in the Middle East despite the request from America’s defence minister Ash Carter, it was confirmed last night.

A spokesman for the new defence minister, Marise Payne, said, “The US has asked 40 or so other countries, including European countries, to consider expanded contributions to the coalition, following the attacks in Paris.

“The government has advised Secretary Carter that our existing contributions will continue.”

Ten more ADF personnel will be deployed to coalition headquarters, increasing the number from from 20 to 30, however there will be no troops on the ground in the fight against IS.

“Our aircraft in the Middle East are available to provide additional airlift support to benefit coalition humanitarian efforts,” said the minister’s office, and Australian is considering more humanitarian support for Syria and Iraq.

But Kevin Andrews, who was defence minister until the changing of the guard put Malcolm Turnbull into power, says it’s not enough.

Speaking with the ABC this morning, the former defence minister reiterated his push for ground troops.

“If the Americans have made a reasonable request of us, then we should be giving it the most favourable consideration,” he said, as reported by News Limited.

“It’s quite clear from the advice I received, and I was aware of what the American military personnel and defence leaders were suggesting, and that was for months they were suggesting that we needed forces on the ground in order to defeat ISIL,” he said.

When questioned, Andrews defended his decision to continue speaking out about his former portfolio.

“We have to speak the truth,” he said. “I’m stating my view as a humble backbench member of the parliament that has a responsibility for the country.”

When Marise Pyne was named as defence minister, some people expressed their concerns about a female minister and whether her decisions and authority would be respected. So is this is case of a male versus female approach? Or simply the different ideologies of the Turnbull and Abbott governments?

Malcolm Turnbull will meet Barack Obama next week on his first official visit and the fight against Isis is expected to be high on the agenda.

Do you think the right decision has been made? Should Australia have boots on the ground in the middle east?

 

  1. Wendy Fowler

    as a sister and an aunt of men and women currently serving in the ADF I look forward to seeing Mr Andrews in uniform, in harms way. The Minister is advised by senior military personnel (most of whom have been on the ground on active service) those in the peanut gallery should shut up or head off to the recruiting office and sign on.

    • Kathy Scott

      I couldn’t agree more. It’s always the politicians who sit back in comfort and send others off to fight. Well said!

  2. Wendy Fowler

    as a sister and an aunt of men and women currently serving in the ADF I look forward to seeing Mr Andrews in uniform, in harms way. The Minister is advised by senior military personnel (most of whom have been on the ground on active service) those in the peanut gallery should shut up or head off to the recruiting office and sign on.

  3. Wendy Fowler

    as a sister and an aunt of men and women currently serving in the ADF I look forward to seeing Mr Andrews in uniform, in harms way. The Minister is advised by senior military personnel (most of whom have been on the ground on active service) those in the peanut gallery should shut up or head off to the recruiting office and sign on.

  4. Kathy Scott

    Good for her. No more kowtowing to the Americans. The days of Harold Holt and “All the way with LBJ” are over. No more sending our troops to fight America’s battles and serve their interests. Even better, bring our troops home!

  5. Kathy Scott

    Good for her. No more kowtowing to the Americans. The days of Harold Holt and “All the way with LBJ” are over. No more sending our troops to fight America’s battles and serve their interests. Even better, bring our troops home!

  6. Kathy Scott

    Good for her. No more kowtowing to the Americans. The days of Harold Holt and “All the way with LBJ” are over. No more sending our troops to fight America’s battles and serve their interests. Even better, bring our troops home!

  7. Robert Hind

    Please let us not make this another male v female issue. The government has made the decision. Full stop. However of course Andrews and all other MPs have the right to voice their opinions, even though Andrews’ may be affected by his recent removal from the post.

    • Leone O

      Andrews voiced his religious opinions back in 1996 – and overturned the NT euthanasia laws. His religious opinions should only affect those who sheepishly follow his religion not the entire country. I’ve viewed him as a religious nut ever since.

    • Robert Hind

      Leone O’Sullivan – not saying that I like or agree with Andrews, just that he, like every other MP, has a right to voice his opinion.

  8. Robert Hind

    Please let us not make this another male v female issue. The government has made the decision. Full stop. However of course Andrews and all other MPs have the right to voice their opinions, even though Andrews’ may be affected by his recent removal from the post.

    • Leone O

      Andrews voiced his religious opinions back in 1996 – and overturned the NT euthanasia laws. His religious opinions should only affect those who sheepishly follow his religion not the entire country. I’ve viewed him as a religious nut ever since.

    • Robert Hind

      Leone O’Sullivan – not saying that I like or agree with Andrews, just that he, like every other MP, has a right to voice his opinion.

  9. Robert Hind

    Please let us not make this another male v female issue. The government has made the decision. Full stop. However of course Andrews and all other MPs have the right to voice their opinions, even though Andrews’ may be affected by his recent removal from the post.

    • Leone O

      Andrews voiced his religious opinions back in 1996 – and overturned the NT euthanasia laws. His religious opinions should only affect those who sheepishly follow his religion not the entire country. I’ve viewed him as a religious nut ever since.

    • Robert Hind

      Leone O’Sullivan – not saying that I like or agree with Andrews, just that he, like every other MP, has a right to voice his opinion.

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