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Ministerial foreword

The Australian Government will shortly publish a foreign policy white paper, the first since 2003.

The white paper will identify how we can best protect and promote Australia’s values, interests and priorities in the next decade.  It will help us seize opportunities when they arise and manage risks when they confront us in an environment of unceasing change.

In developing this white paper, we were determined to draw on the deep knowledge and expertise that resides in the Australian community – in our universities and think tanks, civil society, big and small businesses, industry groups, and in cultural, sporting and youth organisations throughout Australia. We asked the white paper taskforce to consult widely and to engage the community directly.

This report summarises the main themes and issues raised by the hundreds of individuals and organisations who participated in face-to-face consultations and who responded to our call for public submissions. We are grateful for their commitment to an Australia actively and purposefully engaged in the affairs of the world. 

We commend this report to you. It provides an insight into how Australians see the world of today and what they think we must do to prepare ourselves for the future.

Minister for Foreign Affairs
The Hon Julie Bishop MP

Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment
The Hon Steven Ciobo MP

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