Spending $12.5 billion on new aircraft, this is truly a government serious about cuts.
"No this was money set aside for this by a previous government!"
"So why don’t you use that money instead to fund the program’s you’re cutti-"
"NEW FIGHTER JETS NNNNYYYYYEEEEEEOOOOOWW!"
Also, you can’t just set money aside in a federal budget, it doesn’t really work like that. You could agree to buy the plans during a previous budget, say back when we had a surplus, but unless you physically send money to pay for them, that shit gets used for other things. Government budgets aren’t like a household budget, but these weiners will continually phrase it so they appear to be in order to justify a military expense that is half a gamble. I mean fuck we promised to buy twelve of this bastards back in 2009 and have so far paid for two.
These planes, the F-35’s, absolutely cutting-edge, but not everything in them works all together at once and last I read they hadn’t been tested by the US Marine pilots, let alone anyone else. And there is still a chance, although slight, that they won’t be the best plane in the world in 2023 when we have them all.
Defence spending, budget dickery and the harsh projected budget for next financial year fucking with the pension and civil and social services.
Burn Australia to the ground, salt the earth and eject it into space.