February 24, 2008

KEV THE CONSERVATIVE:

Labor considers US missile shield: PINE Gap may become part of a US-led strategic missile defence shield as Labor considers reversing its opposition to the controversial scheme - a move that could create tensions with China and Russia. (Paul Maley, February 25, 2008, The Australian)

In Opposition, Labor was against Australian involvement in a program to build a national missile shield protecting the US, but supported a limited theatre-based system that could be deployed in war zones.

But Foreign Minister Stephen Smith yesterday said missile defence technology had evolved and that the Government was now giving "careful consideration" to participating in the missile shield.

Last year, then defence minister Brendan Nelson told parliament the US-Australian defence facility at Pine Gap could form part of a missile shield by providing early warnings of ballistic missile launches.

Any about-face on missile defence could stoke tensions within the Labor Party, with opposition to the joint facilities being an article of faith for many on the party's Left.


Funny how power imposes maturity.

Posted by Orrin Judd at February 24, 2008 7:48 PM
Comments

Technology has moved the military threshold, that level of competence one must attain to be even in the game. Why be on the same side of the threshold as the Abos?

Posted by: Lou Gots at February 24, 2008 9:15 PM

Blowin' that satellite out of the sky was a real convincer. No wonder the Sino-Soviets complained.

Posted by: ed at February 25, 2008 9:22 AM

Blowin' that satellite out of the sky was a real convincer. No wonder the Sino-Soviets complained.

Posted by: ed at February 25, 2008 9:30 AM
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