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Inquiry into Australia's Defence Relations with the United States

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The Joint Standing Committee on Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade shall examine and report on Australia's Defence Relations with the Unted States. Since World War Two, Australia and the United States (US) have developed strong defence relations. In particular, the last decade has seen a new level of defence relations encompassing Australian involvement in the first Gulf War, the invoking of the ANZUS Treaty, and Australian involvement in US led coalitions in Afghanistan and Iraq.

The Defence Update 2003 commented that Australias alliance with the US remains a national asset and the United States current political, economic, and military dominance adds further weight to the alliance relationship.

How should the Australian-US alliance be developed to best meet each nations' security needs both in the Asia Pacific region and globally focusing on but not limited to:

Referred by the Minister for Defence 2003.

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