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Frontier Wars, Class Wars, Imperialist Wars

Frontier Wars, Class Wars, Imperialist Wars

Frontier Wars, Class Wars, Imperialist Wars Talk by Humphrey McQueen at the Railway Club, Darwin, 17 July 2012. In paying acknowledgement to country I want to do more than mention custodianship and sovereignty. Too often those values are made to sound passive or legalistic. The reality is that across this continent and for more than […]

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Ludlam, ADF on bases

Ludlam, ADF on bases

Senator Scott Ludlam at Senate estimates asks ADF questions on bases and defence issues. ADF says yesterday there would not be widespread public consultation in the very demonstrable way that you saw last time with submissions, public meetings etc; although it is a political decision. Worth reading. (more…)

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Most disturbing of all is the lack of public discussion and detailed analysis of the
implications of these new military arrangements for security in the Australian national
interest and the broader human interest.
...there is some sense that, when it comes to the US alliance, there is
simply nothing that can be done. So brazen is the government’s willing subordination,
and so powerful the ally, that serious discussion of the operations and consequences of
the alliance is just so much pissing in the wind.Or even more dismayingly, both security practitioners and their would‐be critics share,
by default if not by choice, a notion of Australia that is inseparable from the US alliance.
Alternatives are, analytically as much as politically, just unthinkable. If any of this close to true, we are all in for serious trouble.

Obama’s Oz bases

After Obama – The new joint facilities by Richard Tanter from Nautilus Institute for Security and Sustainability “When Barack Obama visited Australia in November last year he and Julia Gillard announced a new level of military cooperation between the United States and Australia. The public centre‐piece of the “announceables” for Obama’s visit was the planned […]

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