Tuesday 21st of May 2024

no shipyards in bathurst......

While the Government this week announced another billion-dollar handout to foreign shipyards, this time in the UK, the mayor of Bathurst is putting his hand up for the town’s share of some of the $368B AUKUS loot. What’s the scam?

The really big scam, of course, is how the Government keeps on doling out cash to shipyards in the US and the UK so they can build the submarines we’ll get (or not) in 20 or 30 years’ time. The latest such announcement was a $4.6B handout to BAE Systems to help them expand their office space (sic) in Rainesway, Derbyshire, where the nuclear reactors for their future subs are being built.

This investment, alongside funding from the UK Ministry of Defence, will enable the Rolls-Royce Derby site to double in size, with a further 1,170 highly-skilled jobs created.

Derby is a town in the English Midlands. So much for AUKUS creating jobs in Australia.

Meanwhile, the eponymous ‘AUKUS Forum‘ continues to enlist rural Australia to the AUKUS cause – err money trough.

The town of Bathurst in the Australian ‘midlands’ is best known for its annual touring car race. Situated west of the Blue Mountains, it’s 203 kilometres from Sydney Harbour, with nary a waterway (or shipyard) in sight. But that doesn’t stop Mayor Jess Jennings from waxing lyrical about the wonderful opportunities of AUKUS, quoting the Prime Minister himself: “AUKUS will be the largest industrial endeavour in Australia’s history and will require a whole of nation effort. AUKUS is already expanding from nuclear with a particular emphasis on cyber capabilities, artificial intelligence, quantum technologies, and more.”

How that is relevant to Bathurst is anybody’s guess, but kudos for trying. Where there is money, there is a will – and often a scam – which we understand is the purpose of the AUKUS Forum.





nuke waste....

Australia is in danger of becoming a “poison portal” for international radioactive waste under the three-way AUKUS pact, The Guardian reported on Monday, citing a parliamentary inquiry.

AUKUS was established in 2021 between the US, the UK and Australia in part to facilitate the transfer of military technology among the three allies, with the American military pledging to help Canberra obtain nuclear-powered submarines.

However, according to the Guardian report, new laws to establish a safety framework for Australia’s planned nuclear-powered submarines could also allow the US and UK to send waste there. Both the US and the UK are reportedly struggling to deal with their own waste due to a lack of long-term, high-level waste facilities.

Canberra introduced the Australian naval nuclear power safety bill in November of last year. If passed, it will establish a nuclear safety watchdog and allow for naval nuclear propulsion facilities to be created, including for storing or disposing of radioactive waste from AUKUS submarines.

A second bill to enable the regulator to issue licenses was introduced at the same time. Both have been referred to a Senate inquiry, which is due to report later this month, according to the report.





it's time for being earnest.....