Australian Strategic Policy Institute’s Dr John Coyne says the Port of Darwin is Australia’s “most strategic northern port” and ownership of the Port is vitally important to Australia’s defence future.
Dr Coyne, who is head of the Northern Australia Strategic Policy Centre at ASPI, told Sky News that Australia hasn’t had a unified strategy around the port “since Federation”.
“Everyone agrees – Northern Territory, Northern Australia is strategically important to the country,” Dr Coyne said.
“We just can’t articulate that into practice.”
Dr Coyne told Sky News host Peta Credlin if we left the Port of Darwin as is, “we leave investment in our northern port in the hands of a Chinese owned company”.
“They will make the decisions.”