Opinion

Our own nuclear weapons? That's the exact opposite of what we should do

By Sue Wareham
July 8 2019 - 2:00pm

As the Australian government appears at risk of involving us in yet another United States war of aggression, a leading strategic thinker has dropped a bombshell. Professor Hugh White, emeritus professor of strategic studies at ANU, has suggested that Australia might need to consider acquiring nuclear weapons. He writes in his new book How to Defend Australia that, because US influence in our region is waning and Chinese influence is rising, "there are circumstances in which the development of nuclear forces could be justified".

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