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The Obligations of ANZUS

Regan Ho — Analysis
03 October 2017

In a statement on 11 August 2017, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull provided a firm commitment to America that the ANZUS Treaty guaranteed that “if there is an attack on the United States by North Korea … Australia will come to the aid of the United States”. This stands in contrast to Foreign Minister Julie Bishop’s more reserved characterisation of the ANZUS Treaty as providing only an “obligation to consult”, rather than an automatic commitment to send troops.