This title used to be held by Malcolm Fraser who wrote a book called Dangerous Allies. In the book, he called for Australia to cut its close ties to the United States.
Malcolm Fraser’s only positive contribution to public life was in being a reliable counter-indicator. He was always wrong on anything that he proffered an opinion on.
So, if you knew his opinion on something you could safely assume that the opposite was true.
Thankfully the unlamented Mr Fraser has shuffled off to Dante’s 9th Circle of Hell, which holds betrayers of special relationships, frozen in a lake of ice.
The title of being Australia’s Wrinkliest Quisling was then assumed by Bob Carr as a consequence of his heading of the Australia-China Relations Institute (ACRI) at the University of Technology Sydney.
The institute was launched on May 16, 2014 and Julie Bishop was there to fawn over the Chinese.
It is amusing to note that she urged “China to work constructively and cooperatively to resolve tensions in our region” when China itself is the source of 100% of those same tensions.
The purpose of ACRI is to winkle Australia out of its defence treaties with the United States and Japan. Everything they produce is agitprop to that end.
They got to work straight out of the gate after founding when in June 2014, in response to the question “does the ANZUS alliance commit Australia or not if the United States is in a conflict in our region?” our then Defence Minister, David Johnson, replied “I don’t believe it does.”
That answer got Quisling Central so excited that they published a booklet based on it. Written by academics Nick Bisley and Brendan Taylor, the booklet is entitled Conflict In The East China Sea: Would ANZUS Apply?
The booklet waffles on for 80 pages but it can be summarised in its first recommendation:
“The principal challenge for Australia lies in maintaining maximum freedom of policy manoeuvre in the event conflict erupts in the East China Sea. This means ensuring that Australia does not overcommit too soon, thus taking a position in which it unnecessarily pays a price with Beijing. For Canberra the main piece of policy preparation lies in managing the expectations of the US and Japan in the event of conflict.”
Note that Bisley and Taylor do not answer the question they ask in their title. So let’s answer that question ourselves by reading the original document. Article IV of the ANZUS Treaty includes the sentence:
“Each Party recognizes that an armed attack in the Pacific Area on any of the Parties would be dangerous to its own peace and safety and declares that it would act to meet the common danger in accordance with its constitutional processes.”
That means that if the United States was attacked in the Pacific region then Australia and New Zealand would be obliged to render military assistance to the United States.
To make sure that there is no doubt about the meaning of Article IV, Article V was included which states:
“For the purpose of Article IV, an armed attack on any of the Parties is deemed to include an armed attack on the metropolitan territory of any of the Parties, or on the island territories under its jurisdiction in the Pacific or on its armed forces, public vessels or aircraft in the Pacific.”
There is no ambiguity there. If China sinks an American ship or shoots down an American aircraft, military or otherwise, and the United States declared war on China, Australia would be at war with China too.
Senator Johnston’s answer in mid-2014 abrogated the one treaty that Australia’s whole defence posture is based on.
It may have been a moment of befuddlement or carelessness, but such carelessness can get a lot of people killed.
A good example from recent history is April Glaspie. She was the United States ambassador to Iraq and told Saddam Hussein “We have no opinion on the Arab-Arab conflicts, like your border disagreement with Kuwait.”
What is not specifically forbidden in such matters is allowed, so Saddam Hussein took Ambassador Glaspie’s words as a green light to invade Kuwait. We are still dealing with the aftermath 30 years later.
And so it is with the East and South China Seas. Any Minister of the Crown attempting to be nuanced and sophisticated with respect to Australia’s obligations under the ANZUS treaty is encouraging China to be yet more aggressive and kill more people on their way to these shores.
And as Confederate General Nathan Forrest said, “War means fighting, and fighting means killing.”
So, if Australia is telling the World that we would not come to America’s aid, then why should they come to ours?
Bob Carr left ACRI after it started to become unfashionable to be associated with the world’s largest mafia operation and open-air prison.
Warren Mundine is still there. Scott Morrison overrode the Liberal Party faithful in the seat of Gilmore in the 2019 federal election to have this professional Aboriginal parachuted into the seat.
Fortunately, the electors of Gilmore knew better. Mr Mundine’s continued presence on the advisory board of ACRI suggests that he is all-in on the Chicom organ harvesting and every other bit of nastiness they indulge in.
Phil Ruddock is still chairman of the ACRI advisory board but nobody could take that old leftie seriously so he is not Australia’s Wrinkliest Quisling.
The title goes to Ken Hayne AC QC, a former justice of the High Court. He has come out to stab Australia in the back.
He did this by saying that company directors have an obligation to perform observance of the global warming ideology, whether or not they believe it is nonsense. He cited “international opinion” as the excuse.
In doing so he is promoting the globalist narrative and the end of Australia as a sovereign nation state. As a QC he is no dummy and so clearly, he has chosen evil.
As Jan Bloch foresaw over 120 years ago in his book The Future of War in Its Technical Economic and Political Relations, wars in the industrial age are decided by the correlation of forces.
In trying to make Australia’s economy weaker, Mr Hayne AC QC is weakening our defence posture so that more Australians will be killed in any future conflict we are involved in.
And how is that conflict coming along? The Japanese Ministry of Foreign Affairs publishes this graphic of Chinese incursion into Japanese territorial waters around the Senkaku Islands:
This is the heartbeat of Chinese hate and enmity. Note that Chicom aggression took off after Xi Jinping took the title of President for Life.
Until this graph flatlines at zero – war is coming to Asia.
The Institute of Public Affairs was too kind when they described our No 1 Quisling as “just another left-wing representative of the Canberra swamp and the wrong person to head the banking royal commission.’
Curse Mr Hayne AC QC in living – and curse him in dying.
He is destined for Dante’s 9th Circle of Hell along with Malcolm Fraser.
David Archibald is the author of American Gripen: The Solution to the F-35 Nightmare.