The Morrison government announced today that they have entered a Nuclear Submarine agreement with the US and the UK, a decision that will give Australia access to US nuclear intelligence.

The agreement is a historic decision made in the interest of security in the Indo-Pacific region but there are arguments that this was the wrong move. Also, New Zealand Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern has announced New Zealand will ban nuclear submarines in its waters.

Fears over the impact of using nuclear powered machinery, and the statement that is made by harnessing them are a few of many concerns Australians have about this decision.

Produced By: Ayla Liebenberg

Featured In Story: Michael Shoebridge – Director of Defence, Strategy at the National Security from the Australian Strategic Policy Institute, and Derek Burke – Independent and Peaceful Australian Network

First aired on The Wire, Thursday 16 September 2021