The fundamental goal of our National Defence Force is to protect our country from enemies - both foreign and domestic.
This former policy acknowledges the importance of the Australian - US alliance, but emphasises Australia's military independence to defend itself if needed.
In contrast, the Federal Government 2013 white paper defines our self-reliance as:
Australia's defence policy is founded on the principle of self-reliance in deterring or defeating armed attacks on Australia, within the context of our Alliance with the United States and our cooperation with regional partners.
We believe that this later interpretation relies too heavily on the support of external forces, whereas the EAP support redefining this policy to read :
Australia's defence policy is founded on the principle of self-reliance in deterring or defeating armed attacks on Australia, and where required to develop self-reliant solutions to our unique strategic circumstances.
This defence will be conducted where possible in cooperation with the support of our allies and regional partners.
The EAP policy will also provide full support for returning Australian servicemen and women. We will provide access to Health, Welfare, and Repatriation services to ensure the safe return of those who have defended our Country into our society.