a question for Australian BLers

Amnesia - Peter Carey

From the flyleaf:

" . . . because the Americans run the prisons (let's be honest: as they do so many parts of *her country) . . .  "


*Her, meaning Gaby Bailleux, Australian.


so Peter Carey, an Australian author, is saying Americans run many parts of Australia.


do you agree with this?  Would you say this is perceived to be true?


just got the book from the library today, btw.  Looks like it's going to be a good one.