A recently submitted white paper is having a very decided effect on how much money Australia will spend on defence in the future. According to The Australian, defence minister David Johnston will present the white paper to the cabinet early next month in anticipation of a formal submission. If approved, Australia is likely to boost defence spending considerably in future budgets.
The white paper was prepared by the coalition and calls for Australia to nearly double its defence spending to AU $50 billion within the next 10 years. And while no one expects any increases this year, the government has committed to not decreasing defence spending for 2014. The coalition has also pledged to make defence spending 2% of Australia’s GDP by 2024.
The conclusions presented in the white paper come as no surprise inasmuch as it was written within the Defence Department. The coalition had originally wanted a noted academic to assemble a team to write the paper on their behalf. However, the individual was never confirmed and the paper was turned over to the Defence Department. The paper’s eventual author had to consider current spending levels, projected defence needs over the next decade, and the amount of money the Australian government would be able to afford.
A Classic White Paper Example
The news of the white paper, or its potential effect on Australia’s spending, would come as no surprise to someone who works in a government or corporate environment. White papers are routinely used to tackle big subjects such as these because they make large amounts of information more comprehensible. When the white paper is put together thoughtfully and with relevant data, it can play a big role in the decision-making process.
What we hope you understand from this is the fact that white papers are also excellent tools for small and medium-sized businesses, as well as charities. They can be used for any number of things, including:
- providing a solution to a well-known problem within your industry
- introducing new products and services, and explaining why they’re important
- providing concrete justification for best practices
- explaining to customers your plans for service implementation.
The list of applications is nearly endless to creative writers who know how to construct a comprehensive white paper. In any instance where you need to make the complex seem understandable to clients or staff members, a white paper is justified.
Our White Paper Service
Connotations offers white paper writing for businesses, educational institutions, government agencies, and charities. We are capable of researching just about any topic in order to present it in an understandable manner to your target audience. We invite you to take a look at some of the examples we’ve included on this website. If you are ready to put white papers to work for your organisation, do not hesitate to contact us for more information.