Canberra & Region Quakers

QPLC Watching Brief – AUKUS Update

QPLC held a Share & Tell during Yearly Meeting 2023 exploring the AUKUS trilateral security agreement. Guest speaker was Allan Behm, Director, International & Security Affairs Program, The Australia Institute (https://australiainstitute.org.au/expert/allan-behm/). His book, No Enemies No Friends was the theme of the 2022 Australia Institute webinar https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1EjVGv8F00o.

Allan’s Share & Tell presentation covered six key points about the AUKUS agreement: attack on democracy, high risk, costs, loss of sovereignty, nuclear waste and regional reaction. The presentation is available via the Quakers Australia website: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1exSEnjH_bA7r42HbeNDbGFMd603Z2n9E/viewhttps://drive.google.com/file/d/1exSEnjH_bA7r42HbeNDbGFMd603Z2n9E/view (copy and paste this address into your web browser).

The decision for Australia to be a part of AUKUS was taken without Parliamentary, let alone public, debate. Such major decisions should be part of the national conversation and not part of a creeping autocracy which contradicts democratic practices. Australians should be concerned about such secrecy which is not in the public interest and jeopardizes Australian democracy.

Read or download the complete Brief by clicking here: AA23-4 AUKUS

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