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Overpaid, oversexed and over here. I may well be in the absolute minority in expressing these opinions but as an Australian, I feel strongly about this issue.

On Monday night I watched in dismay the story on ABC Four Corners featuring the continuing American build up in Northern Australia. The thought of the deployment of B52 bombers, with nuclear capability, located at an enlarged Tindal Air Base south of Darwin, concerns me greatly.

It is combined with the ever-growing presence of the US satellite surveillance base at Pine Gap, located only 18km south of Alice Springs in the Northern Territory. This base, built in 1988, is owned, funded and operated by the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), the US National Security Agency (NSA) and the US National Reconnaissance Office (NRO).

These two facilities, remote as they may appear to be, make Australia the first and most obvious target in the event of any conflict between the US and any powerfully aggressive country to our north.

Every country needs allies, however, as a free and democratic country, why don’t the people of Australia decide who builds facilities on our land and not the defence department? I did not hear one mention of either of these two facilities by our political representatives prior to the last federal election.

We have been constantly told by previous governments that, ‘We will decide who comes to this country’. 

Then let us decide, surely, who builds nuclear targets in this country!

I believe that this is a nationally important issue that all Australians need to be concerned about and have a strong voice for the future of generations to come.

Christopher Wright, Byron Bay

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