This letter is full of delusion and paternalism. Australia does not …

Comment on Stop spending billions on warfare and put healthcare first by Interested Darwin Observer.

This letter is full of delusion and paternalism.
Australia does not spend hundreds of billions on defence. The Federal Government spend approximately $37 billion on defence a year. By comparison the Federal Government spends $80 billion on health. Of course, the states kick in a lot on health also – but nothing on defence.
The core duty of the Federal Government is to provide security to the citizens and country. Individuals do not have the ability to operate submarines and jet fighters.
Individuals can however go to work and invest in their own health and pay a doctor and buy medicine. Socialists will argue that the Federal Government owes the people free health care.
But no, they do not.
Freedom is a human right to be protected at all cost. Healthcare is privilege that you earn through personal responsibility.
Will China, Russia, North Korea, Iran and Indonesia join the author’s delusion in redirecting defence budgets into health, environment and unicorns? I doubt it.
PS: Under global US leadership since WWII, the world has had peace, increased life expectancy and plummeting poverty greater than any time in history.
That leadership and rule of law has been upheld with defence spending.

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