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Austraila's Trade and Treaties

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AUSTRALIA'S REGOINAL AND GLOBAL MILITARY LINKS Australia has extensive regional and global military ties. These take a number of forms, including treaty agreements, joint military training and the training of overseas military personal. These links may be bilateral, regional or multilateral in nature. Many of these links can be traced back to the various military conflicts in which Australia has been involved since 1899. HISTORICAL ALLIANCES Australia's long standing military ties with the United Kingdom date from our colonial past. The first conflict in which the newly created Australian nation was involved was Boer war of 1899-1902. Australia felt "duty bound" to come to "mother country" aid its conflict with Dutch settler in South Africa. ...read more.


THE ANZUS TREATY ANZUS is an acronym of "Australia, New Zealand and the United States of America" and is a multilateral security treaty between these three countries. A treaty, convention or protocol is an agreement between countries that is binding in international law. Countries need treaties so that they can organise both national and international responses to common issues and threats. The ANZUS treaty came into force in April 1952 and its aim was to establish a committee to resolve conflict, where possible, by peaceful means while maintaining and developing an individual and collective capacity to resist attacks. The ANZUS treaty was formally invoked (put into affect) by the Australian government for the first time on the 14 September 2001 when the cabinet agreed to support any US military retaliation in response to the September 11 terrorist attack. ...read more.


The UN-mandated International Force East Timor (Interfet) was deployed to stop the violence that erupted after the East Timorese people voted for independence from Indonesia. The Interfet mission in East Timor involved over 5500 Australian personal and has been Australia's largest commitment to a peacekeeping operation to date. In addition to East Timor, Australia's other long-term peacekeeping commitments in the region include operations in Bougainville (a province of Papua New Guinea) and the Solomon Islands. TRAINING Australia has established military training relationships with a range of nations, including Canada, Singapore, New Zealand, the United States, the United Kingdom and Papua New Guinea. This involves a variety of activities, from basic training through to specialised programs. Much of this training takes place at the Australian Defence Force Academy in Canberra. The Army Officer Training Establishment at Duntroon in Canberra also conducts exchanges with WestPoint in the United States ...read more.

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