Hasluck, Paul
October 1964
Foreign Affairs;Oct64, Vol. 43 Issue 1, p51
This article discusses Australian foreign policy towards Southeast Asia. To understand the foreign policy views of Australia it is necessary to grasp the lessons learned by Australia from the time it became a commonwealth of Great Britain and to the period before and during World War II. The dominant motives that drive Australia's foreign policy are security from any enemy attacks, ability to continue to develop its resources and maintain its standard of living through trade expansion and idealism as reflected in the high value it placed on law and order and kindly human relationships. In its policy towards Asia, Australia driven by consistent search for means of maintaining security both by alliances and by arrangements for regional cooperation and by consistent willingness to assist in raising standards of living to help Asian countries help themselves.


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