Australia’s Sea Lanes: Why we Need a big Powerful Friend?

COMPELLING LISTEN: Australia is wealthy, secure and isolated. So why do we get involved in so many wars? According to George Friedman, the CEO of Stratfor, Australia is not in a position by itself to guarantee the security of its sea-lanes:

Australia therefore encounters two obstacles. First, it must remain competitive in world markets for its exports. Second, it must guarantee that its goods will reach those markets. If its sea-lanes are cut or disrupted, the foundations of Australia’s economy are at risk. Therefore Australia must be aligned with the leading global maritime powers and goes to war on their behalf.

Download, stream the audio here: http://www.abc.net.au/radionational/programs/latenightlive/australia27s-sea-lanes/4056134

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Image obtained from video on STRATFOR’s website.

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