Mr Keating, 77, issued a press release on Thursday which condemned a possible “further dramatic loss” of Australian sovereignty. The former Australian Prime Minister, in energy from 1991-1996, was criticising the brand new strategic alliance named AUKUS.
The partnership was collectively offered this morning by present Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison, UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson and US President Joe Biden.
Mr Keating mentioned the settlement “will amount to a lock-in of Australian military equipment and thereby forces, with those of the US.”
He continued in his assertion: “Material dependence on the US robbed Australia of any freedom or choice in any engagement Australia may deem appropriate.
“Australia has had great difficulty in – running a bunch of Australian-built conventional submarines – imagine the difficulty of moving to sophisticated nuclear submarines, their maintenance and operational complexity.”
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“The former Labor prime minister is entitled to his views and to be respected for his views but they are not views my government shares.
“My government is grounded in the decisions of Curtin and Menzies.. our relationship with the United States is a forever relationship.”
A joint assertion from the leaders of the AUKUS partnership learn: “We resolve to deepen diplomatic, security, and defence cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, including by working with partners, to meet the challenges of the twenty-first century.”