Tuesday 21st of March 2023

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Opposition Leader Peter Dutton has offered bipartisan support to pass budget savings the Albanese government will need to fund the massive submarine program, expected to cost more than $200 (now about $400) billion for at least eight submarines.

Key points:
  • Peter Dutton says the Coalition will support the Albanese government to fund the submarine deal
  • He encouraged the government to "be up-front with the Australian people because it's a costly process"
  • Mr Dutton says it would not make "economic sense" for Australia to make its own nuclear reactors for the submarines

Asked on the ABC's 7.30 program if the Coalition was prepared to "think outside the usual partisan box" to help the government make budget savings in the national interest, Mr Dutton said: "The short answer is, yes.

"There will always be points of difference. If there are different ways in which we can provide support to the government, we are happy to do that."

The opposition leader cited the example of the National Disability Insurance Scheme, the overall cost of which both sides of politics have said is on an unsustainable trajectory.

Mr Dutton said the most crucial period to focus on was securing funding for the AUKUS project over the next four years.








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China reacts to Australia’s nuclear plans


Beijing calls the AUKUS deal a violation of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty 

Canberra’s plan to purchase up to five nuclear-powered submarines from the US has triggered a harsh rebuke from Beijing, which accused Washington and London of neglecting their obligations as nuclear powers and members of the NPT. 

“The nuclear submarine cooperation plan… is a blatant act that constitutes serious nuclear proliferation risks, undermines international non-proliferation system, fuels arms races, and hurts peace and stability in the region,”China’s mission to the United Nations said in a series of tweets on Tuesday morning.

Speaking at Naval Base Point Loma in San Diego on Monday, US President Joe Biden, UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak and Australian PM Anthony Albanese announced plans for a new class of submarines, SSN-AUKUS, that will be built in the UK and Australia with US technology and support sometime in the late 2030s or early 2040s.

However, in order to obtain the new capability as soon as possible, Australia will first purchase at least three Virginia-class submarines from the US.

Since the AUKUS alliance was created in 2021, Beijing has repeatedly criticized the trio for stretching the limits of nuclear proliferation. The US-built subs are fueled with weapons-grade highly enriched uranium, but the allies insist that a loophole exempts naval reactors from NPT safeguards.

“The irony of AUKUS is that two nuclear weapons states who claim to uphold the highest nuclear non-proliferation standard are transferring tons of weapons-grade enriched uranium to a non-nuclear-weapon state, clearly violating the object and purpose of the NPT,” China’s diplomatic mission added on Tuesday, calling the planned transfer of nuclear technology and materials a “textbook case of double standard” and urging the trio to “honor their obligations as members of the NPT.”