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Beazley: The US-Australian Alliance In An East Asian Context

BeazleyThis is the text of a speech given by Kim Beazley, Leader of the Opposition, to a conference on the U.S.-Australian alliance at the University of Sydney.

Beazley provides historical context to Australian’s treaty with the United States and discusses Labor’s approach to its future.

Speech by Kim Beazley, Leader of the Opposition.

Last August I had the privilege of addressing another gathering here on the topic of Australia’s defence policy. I said then that Australia’s national security system is founded on three interlocking strategies:

  • A defence strategy of self-reliance;
  • An alliance with the United States which does not require unrealistic levels of military commitment to our direct defence by the US; and
  • A regional strategy of engagement with Asia as a means of ensuring our security with our regional neighbours.

That speech in August last year focussed on the first of this trilogy of interlocking strategies – defence policy. Since then, the Government has issued a Defence White Paper which, in essence, stands in the tradition of defence self-reliance forged in the mid-1980s. Today I propose to deal in more detail with the second element of the trilogy – the Australia-US security relationship. Later this year I hope I will have the opportunity of making a third speech to discuss our need to pursue regional engagement as our core foreign policy imperative. [Read more…]


Downer: Australia’s Place In The World

This is the text of an Address by Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign Affairs, to the NSW Division of the Liberal Party, in Sydney.

Downer outlined the government’s approach to foreign policy in its first nine months in office. He talked about Malaysia, multilateral and bilateral relations, trade and immigration.

Text of speech by Foreign Minister Alexander Downer to the NSW Liberal Party.

Alexander Downer, Minister for Foreign AffairsINTRODUCTION

Many thanks for the invitation to address you today.

I am delighted for the opportunity to speak about Australia’s “place in the world” and our foreign policy priorities.

This Government has a vision for Australia in the 21st century as a cooperative, economically competitive and secure nation, fully engaged with the East Asian region, while maintaining and developing links with countries beyond the region.

When we came into office almost nine months ago, we had a detailed policy, appropriately entitled A Confident Australia, which embodied this vision. [Read more…]