Federal

Nov 29, 2011

Woodside’s Kimberley: red dirt, pristine coastline … and heavy security

When West Australian Premier Colin Barnett said last week that he welcomed the announcement of a permanent US military presence in northern Australia), his words are worth considering in a wider context.

Antony Loewenstein

Journalist and author

When West Australian Premier Colin Barnett said recently that he welcomed the announcement of a permanent US military presence in northern Australia, his words were worth considering in a wider context.

“We have a large open expanse in northern Australia, we are near one of the most troubled regions in the world and the problems of Asia are now our problems,” Barnett argued. “There’s no doubt that the offshore gas facilities are vulnerable … so I think we are wise to have a friendly military presence in our north.”

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2 thoughts on “Woodside’s Kimberley: red dirt, pristine coastline … and heavy security

  1. Moving to Paraguay

    This is one of the most disturbing articles I’ve read in Crikey. Thanks for alerting us. The threat to our shores is from within.

  2. Antony Loewenstein

    My pleasure, more stories like it should be investigated. “Progress” has been too narrowly defined for too long…

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