National Insecurity: The Howard Government's Betrayal of Australia

National Insecurity: The Howard Government's Betrayal of Australia

National Insecurity: The Howard Government's Betrayal of Australia

National Insecurity: The Howard Government's Betrayal of Australia

Synopsis

Delving deep into Australia's international relations, this book looks at the government of Prime Minister Howard, exposing his extreme attempt to court the United States as an ally and its dire effect on the nation's security, future prosperity, and cultural values. Three expert academics examine trade deals on uranium, agriculture, and defense, showing how Australia is being undermined by its own leaders. They also offer a compelling explanation of this pattern of betrayal.

Excerpt

The Howard Government has for the past decade loudly proclaimed itself the champion of national security—its leader adopting the ‘tin hat’ as his crown. John Howard has lost no opportunity to declare himself a ‘nationalist’; and together with his ministerial team, makes much ado about governing ‘in the national interest’. Indeed, under Howard, the Coalition government has sought to make ‘security’ and the national interest its defining feature—taking the country to war in Iraq to defend against terrorism; keeping illegal immigrants aggressively at bay; and softening the rule of law to observe and apprehend persons suspected of subversive activities. More than any postwar Prime Minister before him, John Howard has placed national security at the centre of his claim to leadership.

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