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All episodes by Hugh White

Feb 26, 2024 •

‘They don't know much’: Politicians spending on the military

Australia has spent almost 15 years trying to buy new surface ships for the navy, but they are still yet to arrive. That’s because successive governments have repeatedly thrown out the old plan to introduce their own. Last week, the Albanese government was the latest to reveal their plans for the future of the navy’s surface fleet. So, will it work?

Today, emeritus professor of strategic studies at the Australian National University and contributor to The Saturday Paper Hugh White, on Labor’s navy overhaul and whether it’s an expensive grab for votes.

Apr 11, 2023 •

Can Penny Wong stop us from going to war?

Penny Wong assumed the role of foreign affairs minister at a crucial time in Australian history. For years, China has been on the rise, but now it’s beginning to challenge the dominance of the United States in the Pacific.

World leaders and military planners are openly weighing the risk the two superpowers could stumble into war. How does Australia navigate a path to peace? That question now rests on Wong’s shoulders.

Mar 16, 2023 •

Why the AUKUS submarines will never arrive

This week, the government committed up to $368 billion over the next 30 years to acquire nuclear submarines — the single biggest defence spend in Australian history. But big questions remain about whether these subs will ever be delivered at all.

Today, Hugh White on what could still go wrong — and why these submarines might never actually be delivered.

Feb 22, 2022 • 17m 20s

'The New Cold War' Part Two: The US vs China

In recent months senior Australian politicians have talked openly about a potential military conflict with China over Taiwan. The increasingly tense rhetoric follows a series of incursions by China into Taiwanese air and naval space. Today, Hugh White, on the changing power dynamics in our region, and the risks of war between the US and China.

Oct 26, 2021 • 17m 00s

A war over Taiwan

The world’s two superpowers, China and the United States, have been steadily building up their military presence in the Taiwan Strait. President Xi Jinping has made it clear that he wants to bring Taiwan back under China’s control - a move the US seems likely to resist at all costs. Today, Hugh White on how Australia could be drawn into a war over Taiwan.

Sep 21, 2021 • 16m 10s

Everything wrong with Australia's nuclear submarine deal

Australia has entered into a new trilateral military alliance with the United Kingdom and the United States, called AUKUS. The partnership was sealed with the announcement that Australia would, for the first time, construct and operate a fleet of nuclear-powered submarines. Today, Hugh White on why this new submarine deal puts Australia at risk.

May 10, 2021 • 15m 20s

Does Dutton really want war with China?

The relationship between Australia and China has already reached an all time low, but now senior political figures are starting to talk publicly about war. Today, Hugh White on how likely a hot war with China really is, and why our government seems to be talking up the possibility.

Jul 22, 2019 • 17m18s

China’s military and the plan for dominance

As China seeks to assert dominance, Australia finds itself upping the stakes in a game it doesn’t want to play.

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