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AUKUS military pact should be put on hold – AWPR

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The first generation of AUKUS nuclear submarines will be built in the UK and Australia, based on the UK’s world-leading submarine design. Image – www.gov.uk.

The AUKUS military pact should be put on hold and a full public inquiry held into the future of the deal, according to civil society group Australians for War Powers Reform (AWPR). 

AUKUS is trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States.

The Australians for War Powers Reform was formed in 2012 in response to what they says is the apparent ease with which Australian troops are sent to war and the serious problems this leads to – for us as a nation, for our troops and for the civilians where we fight our wars. 

AUKUS – the trilateral security pact between Australia, the United Kingdom, and the United States, announced on 15 September 2021 for the Indo-Pacific region.

Community disquiet

AWPR says the community disquiet over this massively expensive plan has been growing for over a year and there are now multiple former politicians, unions, NGOs and ALP members calling for a major rethink.

AWPR spokesperson Dr Alison Broinowski AM, said today, that Prime Minister Albanese needs to respond to these concerns and initiate a parliamentary inquiry so the full ramifications can be uncovered, and the process be made transparent. ‘This deal was conceived and decided in total secrecy by Scott Morrison and little has changed since the new government took over. 

‘There has never been any public consultation or debate in Parliament.’

A full-scale revolt

Dr Broinowski said the deal was not even voted on in Federal Cabinet so it’s no wonder that there is now a full-scale revolt among ALP members and branches. ‘At last count, there have been anti-AUKUS resolutions passed by over 50 ALP branches.’

In May The Australia Institute also called for a parliamentary inquiry and received backing from several high-profile politicians, former military leaders and academic experts.

AWPR says as it stands the government does not have a mandate for this very serious change to our Defence and Foreign policies.

‘The Albanese government has offered little in the way of justification for AUKUS beyond very vague platitudes about “threats” and “regional instability”,’ said Dr Broinowsk. ‘The Australian community expects a far greater level of accountability and transparency.’


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2 COMMENTS

  1. If the letters of AUKUS were rearranged in order of primacy it would be USUKA which sounds remarkably like a message from our empiric masters to us, their obedient vassal state. You sucker!
    The criminally expensive nuclear subs are totally unsuitable for our coastal defence, our relatively shallow continental shelf makes them easily visible. They are specifically designed for the long-range projection of military force and that has nothing to do with the defence of Australia. They’re not for our defence, they’re for the aggressive, long-range needs of our masters in Washington.
    It might be worth taking a look at Ukraine to see what happens to the USA’s disposable pawns.

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