Will the US seriously come to Australias aid in a crisis, rather than do what they usually do, which is to sit back, then mop up the winner?
The US can’t really intervene in any sort of dispute, unless the attacker has been proven to be engaging in acts which are in violation of the geneva convention. Which pretty much means torture & acts of inhuman sexual indecency, incidentally very similar to those recent reports about the US controlled prison in Iraq.
The US has often requested Australian support, but never the opposite.
Deciding internal politics on an unproven alliance is foolhardy at the least.
Furthermore, there is no evidence that a labor majority wouldn’t roll over for the US to scratch their belly, just like the current government.
I sincerely doubt Latham, or any politician, would have the stupidity to give the eagle to the US administration. So the Aussie/US alliance is gonna be much the same regardless of which party is in majority.
At any rate, Australia is strategically unimportant as we are too far away from everything to do anything. Australia really only has space, something which many countries are lacking. And they can just spend the equivalent (instead of amassing an invasion force) on buying our land out from under us, in case you haven’t noticed property prices souring…
I noticed that you said Australia is hopeless, in defence terms. Wasn’t liberal going to use more tax payers money for Offensive units & personal, rather than defensive.
I’m sure that you can say, we can use them for both, but why? See above. no-one needs to invade us. They can just buy our land, send their people over & breed us out.
And besides, not much those offensive units can do to defend australia when they are halfway across the world helping the US in their latest land & money grab exploit. They’d take a week to get back, and an easy ambush, since the aussie force will be small regardless.