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.
This Year in Australian Foreign Affairs: 2022
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We want to make it easier for interested Australians to access key official statements about the direction of Australian international policy. Here we identify and collate important speeches, Parliamentary statements, press releases, and media interviews given by ministers and opposition spokespeople on foreign, trade, defence, and development assistance policy.