The Future of the Australian and US Alliance

During this election campaign, President-electTrump pledged to ban all Muslims—the 1.

6 billion Muslims living across the globe.

Hesaid to them, 'There is no place for you in modern America.

' He attacked the family ofa Muslim soldier who died giving service during the Iraq war.

He has decried Mexicans as 'criminalsand rapists'.

He has said that a federal judge could not hear a case fairly simply becausehe was a Mexican.

He thinks that blacks are lazy; he thinks it is a genetic trait.

He has refused to condemn the white supremacist David Duke from the Ku Klux Klan campaigningfor him.

He has traded in vile, anti-Semitic rhetoric.

He was one of the proponents ofthe birther movement.

He believes that climate change is a hoax from the Chinese.

He is amisogynist.

He accused a woman of menstruating during an interview.

He has bragged aboutsexually assaulting women.

He incites violence; at one of his rallies he encouraged an attackerand said he would pay for his legal fees.

Now, on foreign policy: he believes that Japanand South Korea should develop nuclear weapons—two countries with a history of tension betweeneach other.

And, as former Premier Bob Carr said, 'There has never been a person electedto the presidency who has had such a cavalier approach to nuclear weapons.

' He has praisedauthoritarian regimes—Vladimir Putin and Kim Jong-un—and he has suggested that hedoes not care if there is a trade war with China.

He has questioned the NATO alliance—hehas questioned that.

Many Australians are now very, very deeplyworried.

They are worried because the US has elected a man who is sexist, he is racist,he is anti-Semitic, he is nationalist, he denies climate change and he promotes nuclearproliferation.

And it is not just many ordinary Australians.

Bill Shorten called him 'barkingmad'—barking mad! We had John Howard saying that he trembled at the prospect of PresidentTrump.

We have had Christopher Pyne saying he was terrified.

And, of course, MinisterFrydenberg called him 'a drop kick'.

The only people who are wholeheartedly supportive ofhis presidency are members of the extreme Right, like some of those people within OneNation and, of course, the extremes within the coalition.

And yet here we are, within hours of an election, and we have the government kowtowing to aman who has vowed to block any Muslims from migrating to America.

We had the Prime Minister of this countryon TV backing in the US alliance.

We have just heard the Minister for Defence say, 'Weare right behind President Trump.

We are right behind him.

We have fought together in everyconflict since World War II.

If Donald Trump picks up the phone and says, "We need yourhelp," we'll be right behind him.

' The Australian alliance with the US is now one of our greatestsecurity risks.

Let's look at the response from other internationalleaders.

Angela Merkel, somebody who has demonstrated in recent years that she is prepared to showglobal leadership, said, 'We will continue our relationship with the US only if it isbuilt on common values.

' Rather than standing up and saying, 'We don't accept your racism,your misogyny, your warmongering and your fear mongering,' we have had both the coalitionand the opposition saying, 'All the way with the US.

'If there was ever a time to question our allegiance to the US that time is now.

Like all importantrelationships, this was a relationship that was founded on common values.

The time hascome to assess whether it is now in our interests.

We are like two people in a relationship whosevalues have now drifted so far apart that we can no longer continue on the same path.

Given the questions about Mr Trump's temperament and policies from almost all sides of politics,now is the time that this chamber should be debating the fundamentals of Australia's alliancewith the US.

If not now then when? The time to follow the US blindly into another conflictis over.

Let us have this debate.

Let us have it now.

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