Rough wa­ters

Maroochy Weekly - - NEWS -

THE Aus­tralian govern­ment is in lock­step with the USA in as­sert­ing the right to free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion un­der in­ter­na­tional mar­itime law, even though the USA has not rat­i­fied the rel­e­vant United Na­tions Con­ven­tion on the law of the sea.

Our govern­ment has also stated that it ac­cepts the right of other coun­tries to ex­er­cise free­dom of nav­i­ga­tion in wa­ters ad­ja­cent to Aus­tralian shores.

We can there­fore ex­pect to see a pro­ces­sion of ships, sub­marines and air­craft from China, Rus­sia, North Korea and In­done­sia 22 kilo­me­tres from our beaches.

We should be no more alarmed at such sights than the res­i­dents of those coun­tries should be dis­turbed by the sight of such vis­i­ta­tions from the Aus­tralian and US mil­i­taries.

The “coali­tion of the will­ing” has not won a war for more than 70 years, even though most of its en­e­mies did not pos­sess ships, sub­marines or air­craft.

Do not let this worry you, let’s just roll the dice, spend a few hun­dred mil­lion more dol­lars that we don’t have on the mil­i­tary and go all the way with Trump. What could pos­si­bly go wrong?

— Den­nis Tonevi

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