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Waleed Aly grills Finance Minister over AUKUS nuclear submarine deal – as Beijing warns Australia

Tense moment Waleed Aly grills Finance Minister about whether the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal is ‘really in our national interests’ – as Beijing warns that Australia is ‘going further down dangerous road’

  • Waleed Aly grilled the finance minister over AUKUS deal

The Project’s Waleed Aly has grilled finance minister Katy Gallagher over the AUKUS nuclear submarine deal following a chilling threat from Beijing in response to the plan.

Australia will spend up to $368billion on eight US-manufactured, nuclear-powered submarines to modernise its fleet amid concerns of China’s influence the Indo Pacific region.

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced the massive spending alongside US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak in San Diego on Tuesday. 

But Aly questioned Ms Gallagher about whether the decision was in the country’s best interests on Ten’s current affairs program on Tuesday.

‘Big decisions have big consequences,’ he began.

Waleed Aly (pictured) questioned finance minister Katy Gallagher over the $368billion AUKUS nuclear submarine deal on The Project

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced the nuclear submarine deal alongside US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday

Prime Minister Anthony Albanese announced the nuclear submarine deal alongside US President Joe Biden and UK Prime Minister Rishi Sunak on Tuesday

‘We’re already seeing some, let’s say Chinese government-aligned academics who probably are speaking the mind of the Chinese government, saying this puts a massive target now on Australia’s back and it moves us into the front line of the tensions between America and China rather than somewhere more comfortable.’ 

The finance minister explained that the deal was made to bolster defence capability to keep Australia safe in response to growing tensions in the Indo Pacific.

‘This decision is about making sure we’ve got the capability we need for the region we live in,’ she said.

‘We know that there’s been quite (a) significant increase in equipment and operations in our region and we need to respond in a way that keeps our country safe and I think that’s what the nuclear-powered submarines give us the capability for.’ 

More to come. 

Katy Gallagher (pictured) explained on the program that the deal was signed off in a bid to bolster Australia's defence capability to keep the country safe

Katy Gallagher (pictured) explained on the program that the deal was signed off in a bid to bolster Australia’s defence capability to keep the country safe

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