|Well, Dropbear said I should bring some What Ifs here, which is sensible, since people are a lot friendlier here! Anyway, the thesis is that Australia finds major deposits of oil and gas offshore, during the early 1970s, as happened in Britain. The resources are found along the Queensland coast, running offshore from near Cooktown in the North, down to near Bundaberg at the Southern end. The resources are significant, and are rapidly exploited, boosting government revenues, and bringing significant financial investment into the civil sector. However, with the sudden find of resources, there are concerns about potential instability in the 'neighbouring region'... As such, a lot more money goes into funding the ADF, especially the RAAF and RAN, but also the Army.
So, what options are on the table?