“Fragrant, methane-wrapped bullshit”: NZ should steer clear of AUKUS

Apr 20, 2024
AUKUS alliance countries flags paint over on wooden dice. chinese flag paint on background.

I don’t want to appall the diplomats present by using a vulgarism, but Pillar two [of AUKUS] is fragrant methane-wrapped bullshit. Australia and New Zealand are beautifully placed to nurture and defend a different model of relationships between the prevailing power [the US] and the rising power [China]: A different approach from the one that says war is inevitable, says former Australian Foreign Minister Bob Carr.

Watch Bob Carr speak at the New Zealand Foreign Policy Symposium on last week in Wellington:

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