posted on Nov, 19 2013 @ 08:52 PM
There is not much that Abbott can do about the spying. It has been going on for a long time, and will continue. It is part of the UKUSA Agreement
dating back to 1948. Pine Gap is a key part of the Anglosphere's intelligence apparatus.
Defence analyst Desmond Ball states that the fundamental basis of the US-Australian alliance, which officially began in 1941 is not the ANZUS Treaty
or the many dozen other defense cooperation agreements between Australia and the United States, but the UKUSA Agreement of 1947-48 concerning SIGINT
cooperation and exchange, and the maintenance of the 'joint facilities' in Australia. It is this agreement he argues which comprise the ties that
bind, and that in other words, the US relationship was now, somewhat ironically, indispensable to Australia's self-reliance. He argues that
Australia’s relatively small population, a land mass of some 7.7 million square kilometres (and a 200-mile Exclusive Economic Zone of about the same
area), and a coastline of some 12,000 kilometres, the defence of Australia requires high-technology long-range command and control, surveillance and
intelligence, and weapons systems -- all of which the US provide.
So, Australia is interdependent on the US, in terms of National Security. This is unlikely to change.