No US war pact in return for nuclear subs: Marles

By Maeve Bannister
Updated March 19 2023 - 3:03pm, first published 2:59pm
Defence Minister Richard Marles says nuclear submarines are needed to guard Australian trade routes. (Richard Wainwright/AAP PHOTOS)
Defence Minister Richard Marles says nuclear submarines are needed to guard Australian trade routes. (Richard Wainwright/AAP PHOTOS)

Australia's defence minister insists no pledge has been made to go to war alongside the United States in return for nuclear submarines, which he says will be used to guard vital shipping lanes.

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