Is 2 percent of GDP enough for defence?

HMAS Parramatta pictured returning to Sydney. Significant investments have been made to increase Australia’s naval capacity. Picture: Department of Defence

It’s very likely that the government will deliver on its promise to return the Defence Department’s funding to two per cent of GDP in the 2020-21 budget. That will be a number in excess of $41 billion. But is it enough, Marcus Hellyer* writes in The Canberra Times.

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