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Nuclear Weapons arsenal must be on Australia’s agenda, argues defence expert

Australia can no longer rely on the United States to protect it in Asia and should consider developing its own nuclear weapons for the event that China becomes hostile, former defence strategist and security analyst Hugh White argues in a controversial new book.

Australian National University professor Hugh White argues that Australia should consider the acquisition of nuclear weapons.

Australian National University professor Hugh White argues that Australia should consider the acquisition of nuclear weapons.Credit:Sasha Woolley

Professor White argues in How to Defend Australia the assumption that the United States would protect the nation against any attack by a major power, which has underpinned Australian defence policy since the Cold War, is no longer true as China emerges as the dominant power in Asia.

For Australia to be self-reliant, it would need to boost defence spending from 2 per cent to 3.5 per cent of GDP – or $30 billion – and consider the “difficult and uncomfortable” question of developing its own nuclear capability, said Professor White, a professor in strategic studies at the Australian National University.