AUKUS = US, UK and “that guy Down Under” ?
Instead of feeling a sense of shame, there was merriment that Australia could be oh so useful to the power projects of others. Hoping that no one would notice, an emphasis on danger has been made. Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce justifies the acceleration of the hypersonic weapons program by claiming that Australia faces an “existential threat” from them. It would only take “about 14 minutes” for such devices to reach Australia, “so we have to make sure that we are right at the top of our game”. Presumably, this means doing everything to make Australia attractive, in an existentially doomed way, to other powers in the region.