Nuked

The Submarine Fiasco that Sank Australia’s Sovereignty

Andrew Fowler
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Published

2 July 2024

ISBN

9780522880311

Pages

224

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Melbourne University Press

Nuked

The Submarine Fiasco that Sank Australia’s Sovereignty

Andrew Fowler
The spectacular fallout from Australia's duplicitous AUKUS deal
Like all military acquisition programs worth billions of dollars, Australia's decision to buy a new submarine fleet was expected to be a torturous process. But no one could have predicted the trail of wreckage it left behind, from the boulevards of Paris to the dockyards of Adelaide, as deep inside the Australian Government a secret group conspired to overthrow the winning French bid. In this tale of treachery and intrigue, Andrew Fowler exposes the lies and deception that so outraged the President of France. Interviewing many of the main people involved and talking to sources in Paris, London, Washington and Canberra, Fowler pieces together the plot to sink the French and switch to a nuclear-powered US submarine - a botched operation that severely compromised Australia's ability to defend itself.
Like all military acquisition programs worth billions of dollars, Australia's decision to buy a new submarine fleet was expected to be a torturous process. But no one could have predicted the trail of wreckage it left behind, from the boulevards of Paris to the dockyards of Adelaide, as deep inside the Australian Government a secret group conspired to overthrow the winning French bid. In this tale of treachery and intrigue, Andrew Fowler exposes the lies and deception that so outraged the President of France. Interviewing many of the main people involved and talking to sources in Paris, London, Washington and Canberra, Fowler pieces together the plot to sink the French and switch to a nuclear-powered US submarine - a botched operation that severely compromised Australia's ability to defend itself.

"The essential first guide to understanding the origins of the AUKUS agreement. Deeply researched and finely crafted, this book raises important and serious questions about the failure of the Morrison and Albanese governments to undertake the most basic, essential tests of policy due diligence concerning the risks and the feasibility of Australia’s aspiration to acquire nuclear-powered submarines. A must, if sobering, read about deception, policy breakdown, misplaced ambition and an ongoing failure to inform the Australian public about what the agreement signifies and entails.”
James Curran

"Andrew Fowler’s one-man Commission of Inquiry is a nuclear-armed torpedo of a book and a major service to the Australian public. There is astonishing detail in every chapter. Fowler unearths the evidence, names the names, and shows how national security, which should be a goal, is used as a cover for something more sinister.”
Clinton Fernandes

Andrew Fowler

Andrew Fowler

Andrew Fowler is an award-winning investigative journalist and a former reporter for the ABC’s Foreign Correspondent and Four Corners programs. Fowler began his journalism career in the early 1970s, covering the IRA bombing campaign for the London Evening News. He has been the chief of staff and acting foreign editor of The Australian newspaper. He wrote The Most Dangerous Man in the World, the story of Julian Assange and WikiLeaks in 2011, which…

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