This speech, delivered by Australian Foreign Minister, Julie Bishop, provides some interesting pointers on how the Australian government’s foreign policy has evolved within a short period of time.
I am delighted to be here at King’s College today. Indeed, this is my first visit and hopefully it will be a timely visit because just three months ago Australia released a Foreign Policy White Paper – the first since 2003. Indeed, the last was delivered by none other than Alexander Downer, when he was Australia’s Foreign Minister. Indeed, the longest serving foreign minister of Australia, he likes to remind me!
Our 2017 White Paper clearly articulates the interests, priorities and values which will guide our international engagement and international efforts over the next decade and beyond.
This is important given the challenges – and opportunities that lie ahead.
Australia is optimistic although not complacent about the future.
We have lived through periods of greater global uncertainty and conflict than the present time.
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