According to Brendan Nelson, in an address to the House today prior to Question Time, today marks the 40th anniversary of the establishment of the so-called Joint Defence Space Research Facility-Pine Gap. Secrecy, innuendo, obfuscation about just what Pine Gap is and does, and just how Australia benefits(?) aside, I’m bemused by the fact that while we host numerous super-secret American intel gathering facilities, we still failed to be aware of terrorism right next to our own shores earlier this decade.
Forty years of high level intelligence gathering about which the average Aussie knows nothing, other than it’s good for us. Just open up and swallow the spin, there’s a good voter. Isn’t it time, if we are in fact the closest ally the Yanks could hope to have, that much more open-ness is forthcoming?