Communist roots to anti-nuclear sentiment in Australia

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At the end of the Second World War, the Chifley Labor government became involved in a joint project with Britain to develop nuclear weapons. The fall of Singapore in 1942 ended Australia’s illusion that the Mother Country would always come to our aid. And while thousands of Americans lost their lives defending Australia, conflicts with communists in Malaya, Korea, and Vietnam meant our backyard was not as safe as we thought.

Australia’s flirtation with communism in the post-war era impacted our defence and intelligence capability. Our allies simply did not trust us with details of ‘the bomb’. Attempts by left-leaning, well-meaning pacifists to form a world government to manage nuclear weapons helped the cause of international socialism. The anti-nuclear sentiment that still exists here today has its roots in communism in Australia.

Writing in the Unfiltered newsletter, Alexandra Marshall had this to say:

Political traitors are not new to Australia. Michael de Percy’s article over the weekend brings a timely reminder that the Left have a long history of undermining Australia’s national security to their fellow socialists. As he writes, ‘The Communist Party of Australia helped the Soviet Union by sending British intelligence via the Soviet Embassy in Canberra. Although defeated at a referendum, Menzies’ attempt to ban the Communist Party in Australia was not without justification.’

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