Who do you think the Australians worked for? The Australian government? No, they worked for NASA. It was NASA's project, it was NASA who hired them. It was NASA's equipment. It was NASA who trained them on operating that equipment. It was NASA who instructed the Australians in managing the facility - for NASA.
You seem to think the personnel are not working for NASA because they are Australians. The reality is they are working for NASA.
NASA decided who manages the Apollo tracking stations. The staff was doing what NASA trained them to do.
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...
NASA controls the Apollo tracking stations,
Another logical follow up to that statement:
Is it something you're now understanding for the first time, or,
...does this realization paint for you some sort of CT scenario about the Apollo program?
Edited by MID, 26 September 2012 - 11:59 PM.