ASPI’s Michael Shoebridge says if he had to summarise Shadow Foreign Minister Penny Wong’s speech, it was “strong bipartisanship” in a “wrapping of attempted disagreement”.
In an address to the ANU National Security College, Ms Wong said Defence Minister Peter Dutton was “wildly out of step” with long-held Australian foreign policy in terms of relations with Taiwan.
“She said in the speech if you look for it, she agrees with the government’s structural positions on China policy, she agrees with the government’s entry of AUKUS and the extra military capability that we’ll get as a result,” Mr Shoebridge told Sky News host Chris Kenny.
“It sounds like that bipartisanship isn’t there, but I think that’s going to be a problem for her to sustain that debate.
“I think when you boil it all down, it’d be great to hear more from Penny Wong about the really positive directions for Australian security out of AUKUS and the Quad.”