The Australian-US Alliance

10 Nov

http://richard-di-natale.greensmps.org.au/articles/australian-us-alliance

Senator Di Natale in Australian Parliament’sQuestion Time on 10th of November 2016:

“That so much of the standing orders be suspended as would prevent me from moving a motion to give precedence to a motion relating to the Australia-US alliance.

 

Transcript

During this election campaign, President-elect Trump pledged to ban all Muslims—the 1.6 billion Muslims living across the globe. He said to them, ‘There is no place for you in modern America.’ He attacked the family of a Muslim soldier who died giving service during the Iraq war. He has decried Mexicans as ‘criminals and rapists’. He has said that a federal judge could not hear a case fairly simply because he was a Mexican. He thinks that blacks are lazy; he thinks it is a genetic trait.

He has refused to condemn the white supremacist David Duke from the Ku Klux Klan campaigning for him. He has traded in vile, anti-Semitic rhetoric. He was one of the proponents of the birther movement. He believes that climate change is a hoax from the Chinese. He is a misogynist. He accused a woman of menstruating during an interview. He has bragged about sexually assaulting women. He incites violence; at one of his rallies he encouraged an attacker and said he would pay for his legal fees.

Now, on foreign policy: he believes that Japan and South Korea should develop nuclear weapons—two countries with a history of tension between each other. And, as former Premier Bob Carr said, ‘There has never been a person elected to the presidency who has had such a cavalier approach to nuclear weapons.’ He has praised authoritarian regimes—Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un—and he has suggested that he does not care if there is a trade war with China. He has questioned the NATO alliance—he has questioned that.

Many Australians are now very, very deeply worried. They are worried because the US has elected a man who is sexist, he is racist, he is anti-Semitic, he is nationalist, he denies climate change and he promotes nuclear proliferation. And it is not just many ordinary Australians. Bill Shorten called him ‘barking mad’—barking mad! We had John Howard saying that he trembled at the prospect of President Trump. We have had Christopher Pyne saying he was terrified. And, of course, Minister Frydenberg called him ‘a drop kick’. The only people who are wholeheartedly supportive of his presidency are members of the extreme Right, like some of those people within One Nation and, of course, the extremes within the coalition.

And yet here we are, within hours of an election, and we have the government kowtowing to a man who has vowed to block any Muslims from migrating to America.

We had the Prime Minister of this country on TV backing in the US alliance. We have just heard the Minister for Defence say, ‘We are right behind President Trump. We are right behind him. We have fought together in every conflict since World War II. If Donald Trump picks up the phone and says, “We need your help,” we’ll be right behind him.’ The Australian alliance with the US is now one of our greatest security risks.

Let’s look at the response from other international leaders. Angela Merkel, somebody who has demonstrated in recent years that she is prepared to show global leadership, said, ‘We will continue our relationship with the US only if it is built on common values.’ Rather than standing up and saying, ‘We don’t accept your racism, your misogyny, your warmongering and your fear mongering,’ we have had both the coalition and the opposition saying, ‘All the way with the US.’

If there was ever a time to question our allegiance to the US that time is now. Like all important relationships, this was a relationship that was founded on common values. The time has come to assess whether it is now in our interests. We are like two people in a relationship whose values have now drifted so far apart that we can no longer continue on the same path. Given the questions about Mr Trump’s temperament and policies from almost all sides of politics, now is the time that this chamber should be debating the fundamentals of Australia’s alliance with the US. If not now then when? The time to follow the US blindly into another conflict is over. Let us have this debate. Let us have it now

8 Responses to “The Australian-US Alliance”

  1. aussieian2011 November 10, 2016 at 6:17 pm #

    I’m a backer of Trump Uta, finally the deceitful Clinton United Nations New World order is unravelling, all set up and organized by Soros, the man behind the Global World, the UN was set up decades ago with this aim in mind, the finances behind it have been Soros,Clinton Foundation and through them, Saudi Arabia, all to set up a new Islamic World order, Trump is now, with co-operation with Putin, putting the stops on, and our pathetic little Government with Turnbull and Bishop, this morning signed paperwork handing over our Constitution to the United Nations through the climate control agenda, which inside in finer print, gives the UN power to take over the Government of Australia.
    Read the finer points Uta and you will see exactly what our inept Government has sold us out too.
    Time for the world to see the emergence of two world powers acting in accord.
    The only people who have anything to fear is those who follow the perverted ideology of Islam whose sole purpose is world subjugation through Sharia law and its Caliphate.
    Just my opinion Uta.
    Got that out of my system.
    Cheers.

    • auntyuta November 10, 2016 at 7:16 pm #

      This is not my opinion, not at all, Ian. As far as ‘perverted ideologies’ are concerned, you may find them as much in Christianity as in Islam. ‘Normal’ Muslims are as good as ‘normal’ Christians, and we should not attempt to persecute them! This is essential for some kind of peace in the world. I pray for peace. I do not want to preach hate towards anyone. We should aim at living peacefully together. Just my opinion, Ian.
      Cheers.

  2. auntyuta November 10, 2016 at 7:25 pm #

    http://www.zerohedge.com/news/2016-11-09/social-justice-warriors-besiege-trump-tower-live-feed

    by Tyler Durden
    Nov 9, 2016 9:15 PM

    Americans to Come Together in Hundreds Peaceful Gatherings of Solidarity, Resistance, and Resolve Following Election Results

    Hundreds of Americans, dozens of organizations to gather peacefully outside the White House and in cities and towns nationwide to take a continued stand against misogyny, racism, Islamophobia, and xenophobia.

    Tonight, thousands of Americans will come together at hundreds of peaceful gatherings in cities and towns across the nation, including outside the White House, following the results of Tuesday’s presidential election.

    The gatherings – organized by MoveOn.org and allies – will affirm a continued rejection of Donald Trump’s bigotry, xenophobia, Islamophobia, and misogyny and demonstrate our resolve to fight together for the America we still believe is possible.

    Within two hours of the call-to-action, MoveOn members had created more than 200 gatherings nationwide, with the number continuing to grow on Wednesday afternoon.

    WHAT: Hundreds of peaceful gatherings of solidarity, resistance, and resolve nationwide

    WHEN / WHERE: Find local gatherings here. Major gatherings include in New York City’s Columbus Circle and outside the White House in Washington, DC.

    RSVP: Please email press@moveon.org to confirm attendance.

    “This is a disaster. We fought our hearts out to avert this reality. But now it’s here,” MoveOn.org staff wrote to members on Wednesday. “The new president-elect and many of his most prominent supporters have targeted, demeaned, and threatened millions of us—and millions of our friends, family, and loved ones. Both chambers of Congress remain in Republican hands. We are entering an era of profound and unprecedented challenge, a time of danger for our communities and our country. In this moment, we have to take care of ourselves, our families, and our friends—especially those of us who are on the front lines facing hate, including Latinos, women, immigrants, refugees, Black people, Muslims, LGBT Americans, and so many others. And we need to make it clear that we will continue to stand together.”

  3. aussieian2011 November 10, 2016 at 7:30 pm #

    Agree with your sentiments Uta except for one thing, Christianity today does not practice those same barbaric acts as in biblical days, Christianity has evolved but still has a long way to go. The perverted Ideology of Islam is alive and well in today’s society, Female genital mutilation, Child brides, Stoning’s, Be-headings, all easily seem in today’s media.
    We are seeing the veritable Anti-Christ in our midst today, choose carefully and don’t be deluded by the Wolf in Sheep’s clothing, the Quoran stipulates the way to subjugation and control is via subversion, lying to the Infidel is permitted.
    Cheers.

    • gerard oosterman November 13, 2016 at 12:11 pm #

      Nailing someone on the cross happened not all that long ago. I doubt that present Christianity is much friendlier that Islam.
      Not a day goes by when another bunch of priests or even cardinals are exposed of having abused children.
      Cruelty is not the sole domain of Islam.
      Trump is wholeheartedly supported by the Ku Klux Klan.

  4. stuartbramhall November 11, 2016 at 4:50 am #

    Many of these same feelings are being expressed in New Zealand.

  5. catterel November 11, 2016 at 7:23 am #

    Just praying that the system of checks and balances in the American system can hold Trump back. I am still very concerned that much of what he has been saying during this election campaign is a direct echo of what Hitler was saying in the 1930’s. I hope USA 2016 is not a repeat of Germany1933.

    • auntyuta November 11, 2016 at 11:11 am #

      Oh, Cat, a repeat of what happened under Hitler in Nazi Germany to me is an absolute horror. Should a repeat occur, does that mean that there are people who like what the Nazis did? How can they like it? Have they no idea how horrible Nazi rule is for our civilization?
      I just cannot fathom all this.
      Did the excesses of capitalism perhaps bring all this about?

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