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The danger of US-China war and Australia’s anti-democratic electoral laws

Australia’s new anti-democratic electoral laws, aimed at writing out so-called small parties, go hand in hand with efforts by the political and media establishment to stifle and censor public debate on the key issues facing workers.

War between the United States and China, the world’s largest and second largest economies, both nuclear-armed, is an increasing danger. And successive governments – Coalition and Labor backed by the Greens – have placed Australia on the frontline of a US-China conflict.

Boris Johnson, Scott Morrison and Joe Biden at G7 meeting in June 2021 [Source: Australian Government]

Nothing could make this clearer than the military agreement reached between the US, UK and Australia in mid-September. The AUKUS Pact revives the World War II alliance in the Pacific — this time targeting China, not Japan.

A key part of the AUKUS agreement is the supply of nuclear-powered attack submarines to Australia – only the second time the US has ever shared this cutting-edge technology. These submarines have no defensive purpose. They are designed to operate at long range, that is, for extended periods of time in strategic waters off mainland China.

No one should believe Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s claims that Australia will not develop a civilian nuclear industry or build nuclear weapons. The announcement has already sparked a renewed debate on the establishment of a civilian capability. And even if it doesn’t build nuclear weapons itself, in the event of a conflict, Australia would come under tremendous pressure from Washington to arm its submarines with US nuclear missiles.

Morrison’s timetable for building the submarines, two decades later, is just as imaginative. Pressure from pro-US media mouthpieces for Australia is already mounting to buy US nuclear submarines off the shelf.

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