US demands greater Australian military spending
By James Cogan; 25 July 2012 – WSWS
Over the past two weeks, American military commanders and strategic analysts, undoubtedly acting in close consultation with the Obama administration, have publicly criticised the size of Australia’s defence budget.
The criticisms amount to an open intervention into Australian politics, seeking to pressure the minority Labor government to boost military spending in order to ensure that Australian forces can serve as a credible partner in the US preparations for a confrontation with China in the Asia-Pacific region.
The Labor government has already clearly aligned itself with the US.