Space must not become “a new realm for conflict”, Peter Dutton will say as he launches the Australian defence force’s new space command.
The defence minister will on Tuesday accuse some countries – including Russia – of seeing “space as a territory for their taking”. Dutton will tell a conference in Canberra that Australia will work with allies to push for “a safe, stable and secure space domain”.
In a second speech on Tuesday, Dutton will say Australia is “in the crosshairs” for cyber-attacks, while declaring that authorities believe China has the capability to mount “an unprecedented digital onslaught”.
Both speeches reflect the Coalition’s determination to promote a tough message on national security before the election due in May – despite both parties having a largely similar approach to the major strategic challenges.
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