From today’s Fin Review (page 15), Defence “sources” have said Defence has been asked to cost axing ADFA. In my experience, when it gets to that point, it’s gone.
Apparently if ADFA were to go, then they’d return to the old officer training system where officer trainees attended civilian universities, and then did their officer training at Duntroon, Creswell and Point Cook.
These on-going snippets about where the new government is looking to save money is building a picture of not just shaving here and tightening there, but wholesale abolition of existing institutions and programs, many that have existed for decades. ADFA, for instance, is 22 years old. This budget may well be more radical than those of the early Howard government.