Reaction to SMH Column by Peter Hartcher Australia has a secret weapon to keep Donald Trump in our alliance

by Nick Deane

I almost agree with Peter Hartcher (‘Our secret weapon to woo Trump’ Nov. 15). He writes that “it’s a good time for a deep examination” of Australia’s alliance with the US. However, the point to be made is that the Trump election renders that examination absolutely imperative and urgent – much more than just a good idea!


Nick Deane

Marrickville Peace Group

by Denis Doherty Anti-Bases

Dear Editor,

Peter Hartcher takes the wrong approach in his column ‘Australia has a secret weapon to keep Donald Trump in our alliance’ SMH Nov 15.  Instead of taking the arrival of Donald Trump as an opportunity to look at the US alliance anew too many are searching for ways to keep the alliance as it is.  Paul Keating among others has called for the renewal of our approach to the US.


Pine Gap is at the moment the poisonous heart of Australia in a real way as the site from which Australian citizens have their privacy violated and their details sent to the US and other states, it assists in the war crimes of the Obama drone program.  It has been used in the wars against Iraq and the Afghanistan.  Far from assuring us of security it actually makes it more probable that Australians will be targets in any so called ‘blow back’ operation from those injured or threatened by the drones.  Above all security wise Pine Gap is a nuclear target and experts explain to us that within 30 mins of a nuclear exchange with China or Russia the area around Pine Gap and Alice Springs will be devastated by a nuclear blasts.  After that Pine Gap and its nearby areas will be poisoned by nuclear contamination for many years.

The cost of the US alliance is too expensive.

Yours sincerely



Denis Doherty

US alliance and Trump

In the light of remarks he made during the campaign, Donald Trump’s election raises questions about the extent to which Australia can rely on the United States of America for military protection. The folly of over-reliance on a foreign power for the nation’s defence should now be absolutely clear. No doubt senior figures in our defence establishment are grappling with this realization right now.


What they should do is look on this as an opportunity to completely re-assess Australia’s approach to its defence. The hallmark of any truly independent nation is, surely, the willingness and capacity for that nation to look after its own defence. Now is the time to open debate on how Australia might best do just that.


The strategic situation was fluid enough before the election. We now face a very uncertain future. This is the time for Australians to accept the reality of true independence and the responsibilities that that brings. Time for the nation to stand up and assert with confidence that we can look after ourselves!


Nick Deane

Marrickville Peace Group