I am horrified at the level of Government Spending on Defence particularly because it is tied to the influence of the USA. There are so many needs in the community e.g. education, hospitals, medical and dental services.

There is also a great need for Overseas Aid (the budget for which has been cut) and a very great need for humane support for refugees – particularly in the light of the Taliban takeover of Afghanistan which makes Australia’s involvement a waste of money and a tragic waste of lives.