To review what I said...
The reason NASA hires Australians is because the US and Australian governments had an agreement (treaty) to employ Australians as much as possible. This made it look like a joint US-Australian venture, rather than a wholly foreign (US) intrusion. As this document notes...
From pg.24 of the document...
"During the IGY and after, many foreign nationals took the Minitrack course at Blossom Point. In fact, the willingness of NRL and NASA to employ and train foreign nationals at the Minitrack and STADAN stations greatly eased the task of placing U.S. facilities on foreign soil."
On page 258..
The desire to make and keep this country's man-inspace program civilian in character has been instrumental
in helping NASA gain and retain management of the MSFN.
On pg. 84..
...it would be necessary to construct some tracking stations in foreign countries for comprehensive coverage of the flight.
And to some countries, U.S. military installations were out of the question at that time; for these countries suspected
that the proposed tracking radars might also watch missiles and spy satellites. On the other hand, a purely civilian
program with scientific goals that the whole world could embrace would be much more palatable, even desirable. The
fact was that a purely military, worldwide network with frequent astronaut contacts (short deadtime) could not be built.
This consideration was one of many that led Congress to draw up the Space Act specifying a civilian space agency.
So foreign involvement was an important consideration, right from the very inception of NASA itself. NASA was deemed a civilian agency, rather than a military agency, so foreign countries - like Australia - would welcome NASA's presence.
They even state how employing and training foreign nationals was used in that way.
So, there's the evidence you requested for my original claim
Edited by turbonium, 07 October 2012 - 07:45 AM.