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Paul Keating’s AUKUS criticism will sting for Labor’s most senior ministers but it won’t stop the submarines deal

The AUKUS submarines are years from hitting the water but have already claimed their first victim.

The relationship between the Labor government and the party’s elder statesman Paul Keating has been sunk. In truth, it was already listing badly over this issue, but now it’s irrevocably ruptured.

Any pretence of playing nice has gone. Even basic respect now appears to be sitting at the bottom of the sea.

The former prime minister was critical of Labor in opposition for promptly backing the AUKUS idea when it was conceived by the Morrison government.

That criticism turned into an…

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