Australia PM Rudd says warships could be moved north
SYDNEY (AFP) - Australian Prime Minister Kevin Rudd on Tuesday said key naval assets could be relocated north to adapt to a changing security landscape and put personnel nearer to their fields of operation.
Mr Rudd, facing national polls on Sept 7, said moving Sydney Harbour's Garden Island base to Queensland in the east and Western Australia could improve the nation's ability to sustain operations in the Asia-Pacific.
"Our national security challenges of the future lie to our north-east, to our north, and to our north-west," the Labor leader said in a foreign policy speech.
"That has been the strategic logic of Australia's defence policy for the last 30 years.