In a speech to the Lowy Institute he said “it would be a poor reflection on our defence capabilities” if Australia was unable to help replace the withdrawing Dutch.
“If satisfied that the role made strategic sense and was compatible with our other military commitments, a Coalition would be prepared to consider doing more,” he said.
He clarified that if this included replacing the Dutch as the lead coalition military force in Oruzgun, Australia should take up the opportunity if it was able.
“If we could do it, I don't see why we shouldn't.
All the above was repeated during campaign, he was setting himself up as the future PM
"Taking advantage of a Soldiers Death"
Amazing how he can keep a straight face while lying
TONY Abbott has backed away from his willingness to bolster Australia's troop commitment in Afghanistan and welcomed parliamentary debate on the conflict.
At a media conference today on the death of another Digger, the Coalition leader said the current commitment of 1550 troops in Afghanistan was “right”, despite previously canvassing a larger role in previous speech in April.