Commentary | 13 March 2010

With friends in high places

Australia is a wealthy nation with a small population occupying a large continent located a great distance from our historical sources of security and prosperity. As a result, the single foreign policy theme which has united our otherwise diverse postwar prime ministers has been the desire to join (and, if necessary, erect and strengthen) institutions through which we can influence global decisions and touch the global flows of power.

 

Australia is a wealthy nation with a small population occupying a large continent located a great distance from our historical sources of security and prosperity. As a result, the single foreign policy theme which has united our otherwise diverse postwar prime ministers has been the desire to join (and, if necessary, erect and strengthen) institutions through which we can influence global decisions and touch the global flows of power.