In addition to the lack of consultation AWPR has several serious concerns about the new pact. These include: The plan is likely to inflame tensions with China thereby increasing the risk of conflict. Prospective visits by US & UK nuclear-powered vessels to Australian ports for repair and resupply further militarises our region. The pact could far more readily draw Australia directly into any conflict between the US and China over Taiwan. The new pact could have an adverse impact on Australia’s relationship with New Zealand. The plan keeps Australia tied to a world dominated by superpowers and takes us away from a genuinely independent foreign policy. The submarine decision breaks the long held and accepted understanding that Australia is nuclear free. This decision alone requires serious discussion within the parliament and community.