Prime Minister John Howard announced that 2600 extra soldiers would be recruited into the ADF, with restriction of entry into the ADF reduced. The prime minister also announced another 500 Australian Federal Police will be recruited for international duties.
The reason for the increase in forces is the unstable nature of failed states in the pacific, such as Papa New Guinea, East Timor, and the Solomon Islands. It seems Australia has now taken up the reasonability for these troubled nations, leading Australia to increase its forces.
The question is, will nations within the pacific see this news as threatening or helpful?