The purpose of this chapter is to provide a comprehensive account of Australian responses to proliferation. Its structure parallels that of Chapter 3 as closely as possible in order to facilitate structured comparison between the United States and a close ally. This comparative analysis occurs in Chapter 5.
Nonnuclear proliferation response priorities have been set by the foreign affairs establishment in successive Australian governments with almost no outside pressure or even attention. No Parliamentary committee has ever held a relevant oversight inquiry. Likewise, few pertinent questions have been posed during Parliamentary debate. As for the press, other than post-Gulf War stories about Iraq, there has been relatively little coverage of either relevant proliferation threats or policy responses by Australia, its antiproliferation partners, or the international community generally. For example, between 1992 and 1999 the Sydney Morning Herald carried only sixteen stories mention-