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Reader riposte: Gillard\'s foreign policy

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15 March 2011 08:44

Alison Broinowski writes:

The answer to Malcolm's question about Julia Gillard's foreign policy is that Labor's three pillars, often cited by Kevin Rudd, remain in place until we are told otherwise. The Greens and Independents have not apparently had any effect on changing them. A foreign policy that claims to give equal priority to the US alliance, relations with Asia, and the United Nations therefore remains in place.

Had Malcolm told his Chinese interviewer this, the next question might have been one that Australians themselves should be asking too: how would such a policy work if the United States called on Australia to support it against China in a conflict the UN Security Council would not approve'

The answer, as the Prime Minister has made clear in offering the US more bases and more military exercises in Australian territory, that are clearly aimed at China, our biggest trading partner, is that the three pillars are not, and have never been, equal. The interests first of London and then of Washington have always formed Australian foreign policy, chosen Australia's enemies for us, and told us where to fight them. This answer would probably have confirmed Malcolm's interviewer's suspicions about Australia as a country that has not, in Mao's phrase, 'stood up'.

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