Sunday, July 13, 2003

If a bounder like Saddam was able to get help
from Uncle Sam for his nuclear programme
... why, oh why, can't we?

Nuclear weapons 'option' for Australia By Gerard McManus July 13, 2003

AUSTRALIA is giving itself the option of becoming a nuclear power through a deal with the US to obtain nuclear weapons and extensive investment in atomic expertise, it has been claimed.

A leading strategic policy expert says Australia is forging an understanding with the US that would ensure quick access to "off the shelf" tactical nuclear weapons during a crisis.

And a former senior Howard Government science adviser says the new $600 million reactor at Lucas Heights will ensure Australia has the skills and technology to launch a nuclear weapons program.

"There is no doubt in my mind that a main purpose of Lucas Heights is to maintain Australia's capacity to develop nuclear weapons," the former adviser said this week.

Professor Reynolds described Australia as being a "near-nuclear weapons state" and potentially only two years away from producing nuclear weapons.

Full article.

I can attest to the veracity of this report. The cleaner at ONA was told this by the tea lady at the Pentagon who was in turn given a hot tip by the gardener at the BBC.

Tonight I will sleep so much sounder in my bed in the bunker.