Is Albo auditioning for membership of NATO? His Labor government may be more competent than the Coalition on foreign affairs but little has changed on government secrecy, Prime Minister Anthony Albanese even stepping up weapons traffic to Ukraine while keeping mum on coal.
“Today we are announcing an additional $100 million in military-technical assistance. In total, we have already provided $390 million,” Albanese said this week on his tour to meet President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyi. “We are also additionally providing 14 armoured personnel carriers and 20 “Bushmaster” – armoured vehicles. Thus, the total number of “Bushmasters” was 60″.
While Australia’s new leadership has proven true to the new AUKUS alliance struck by his predecessor Scott Morrison, and now even to the cause of NATO, the commitment of government to secrecy has not changed. A number of approaches by MWM to find out the status of the pledged delivery of coal to Ukraine have fallen on deaf ears. It has been more than 3 months now since the shipment was announced and still no word as to whether the coal arrived, or was even dispatched in the first place.
Michael West established michaelwest.com.au to focus on journalism of high public interest, particularly the rising power of corporations over democracy. Formerly a journalist and editor at Fairfax newspapers and a columnist at News Corp, West was appointed Adjunct Associate Professor at the University of Sydney’s School of Social and Political Sciences.