NSW Senator Jim Molan called on the Australian Government to better prepare for a conflict with China. While speaking on Sky News Australia, he warned that the country would fail to defend against China. He added the country could not necessarily rely on the US for support in a conflict in the region.
Mr Molan said: “Australia is not well prepared to fight a war in the Pacific at all.
“The defence department’s mobilisation reports have produced information quite publicly to indicate that this was the case.
“We have this deep belief in Australia regardless what we do, the Americans will always be there.
“I just happened to notice today, from the man on whom we defend for both prosperity and security, Joe Biden, he said in an off-hand manner to his intelligence community it is more than likely going to end up in a shooting war with a major power.
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“That is absolutely terrifying because American military power has fallen 30-50 percent, since the end of the cold war in 1991.
“What this means for us is that if something happens in relation to Taiwan, the Americans are not confident that they can handle a Taiwan scenario.
“What does that mean for you and I, what does it mean for Australia? We are going to be on our own.
“We have got to start taking seriously what the Australian defence force can do, what the nation can do, and how prepared it is.
“My fear is that a war between China and the US may occur and we get made collateral damage.
“Or, even more frightening, the US because it hasn’t won a war game in the last couple of years over a Taiwan scenario.
“The fear being that the US does not engage and Taiwan falls, that is the big worry.”