Comparison with 1930s drives upgrade

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By Peter Jennings*

Scott Morrison’s speech at the launch of the defence strategic update and new force structure plan was fascinating. No fewer than four times he said that the ­deterioration in Indo-Pacific ­security was as concerning as the slide to global war in the 1930s.

In a comment not in his prepared notes, the prime minister said, ‘That period of the 1930s has been something I have been revisiting on a very regular basis, and when you connect both the economic challenges and the global uncertainty, it can be very haunting.’

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