Foreign and defence policy on Australia's political agenda, 1962-2012

McDonald, Matt (2013) Foreign and defence policy on Australia's political agenda, 1962-2012. Australian Journal of Public Administration, 72 2: 171-184. doi:10.1111/1467-8500.12021

Author McDonald, Matt
Title Foreign and defence policy on Australia's political agenda, 1962-2012
Journal name Australian Journal of Public Administration   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0313-6647
Publication date 2013-06-01
Year available 2013
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/1467-8500.12021
Volume 72
Issue 2
Start page 171
End page 184
Total pages 14
Place of publication Richmond, VIC Australia
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Asia
Language eng
Formatted abstract
his paper explores the content of the Australian foreign and defence policy agenda over the past 50 years, finding evidence of both continuity and change. Australian political leaders have generally committed to cooperation with international institutions, wealth creation through engagement with Asian economies in particular, and security through the American alliance. In this period, changes in foreign policy approach either concerned marginal issues or were driven significantly by exogenous factors: by changes in the international environment or by global events that propelled a reconsideration of Australian foreign and defence policy interests. However, periods of policy change and significant public attention in - particular around the Vietnam and Iraq wars - illustrate the continued relevance of political choices and agency. Both conflicts and debates around them ushered in changing foreign and defence policy considerations, and both raised fundamental questions about Australian security and independence in the context of the American alliance.
Keyword Governor-Generals Speeches
Military intervention
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

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