Paul Keating says AUKUS the 'worst international decision since' WWI conscription

Sarah Basford Canales
Karen Barlow
Updated March 15 2023 - 6:47pm, first published 12:25pm

Former prime minister Paul Keating has called the landmark AUKUS deal "irrational in every dimension" in a bruising attack against the Albanese government, the US, "former colonial master" the UK, and journalists.

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Sarah Basford Canales

Sarah Basford Canales

Politics and public sector reporter

I'm a federal politics and public sector reporter with an interest in national security, integrity and regulation. Contact me with general tips and thoughts at or confidential tips to

Karen Barlow

Karen Barlow

Chief Political Correspondent

Karen Barlow is ACM's Chief Political Correspondent. Working in the federal press gallery, she investigates and writes about federal politics and government. She has an interest in integrity, leadership and social equity. She has covered two Olympics and been to Antarctica twice. Contact her on

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