http://blogs.abc.net.au/queensland/2012/06/are-us-military-bases-in-australia-a-good-idea.html Response to above link.
The only reason the U.S. would do anything for Australia would be if it is in the U.S. own interests..not in ours. We would probably have to do more for them than they would ever do for us, at a huge cost to our sovereignty, culture and how we are perceived by other countries. There is a huge power imbalance between us and the U.S. and we would always be at a disadvantage.
In regards to human rights abuses and illegal wars, by having such a close relationship with the U.S. puts us at a disadvantage because it looks like we condone their behaviour. Most Australians are disgusted by sanctioned torture, rendition, arrests of own citizens who have not been charged with a crime for an indefinite amount of time, extradition of people that have committed no crime in their own countries but have been perceived by the U.S.of thinking of breaking a U.S. law etc. There are already changes being implemented to the Geneva Convention to allow the U.S. to do more of what it likes without sanction.
The other issue is censorship. We can already see how little mainstream media tells the population about what is really going on in the world, and to some extent ABC and SBS are not reporting all the facts about certain global issues.
As far as the Wikileaks cables. Don’t forget the U.S. and it’s allies have killed thousands of people in the name of Freedom when it is really about controlling oil and the rest of the world. We can not forget how the two Reuters journalists were murdered in Iraq.
They only ‘help little’ countries when it’s in their interests to do so, and this applies to Australia.
Do you really want drones in Australia, U.S. Troops, U.S. bases, more U.S. culture ..TV, values..no we don’t..Australia is a great country let’s keep it that way.