Public has right to know about plans to use Western Australia as US military base
Media Release: Scott Ludlam, Senator for Western Australia – Friday August 12th, 2011
Western Australians have the right to know more about plans to use the state as a base for the US military, the Australian Greens said today.
Senator for Western Australia Scott Ludlam said the Australian American Leadership Dialogue currently underway in Perth reportedly includes talks on US warships and other military hardware being based in WA.
“Defence Minister Stephen Smith and senior US defence officials are reportedly holding discussions on using our state as a military base for the United States. The Western Australian public has the right to know the details of these plans and has the right to be consulted,” said Senator Ludlam.
“All US aircraft carriers and submarines are nuclear-powered. Will nuclear warships be based in Western Australia? Nuclear weapons in the US Navy would be deployed through ballistic missile submarines and airborne capabilities. Would submarines or strike aircraft for deploying nuclear weapons be based in Western Australia? These questions need to be answered. Do we want nuclear warships and nuclear weapons in our state?”
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