2012 Australia-India roundtable report: outcomes statement and summary of proceedings

International relations Australia

The relationship between Australia and India is poised at an historic moment. Consciously overcoming a challenging period, leaders of the two countries have realised new levels of mutual trust and confidence that are in turn generating policy momentum. Ahead of preparations for the 2013 Australia-India Roundtable, the Lowy Institute for International Policy, Observer Research Foundation and Australia India Institute have released the summary of proceedings and outcomes report for the 2012 iteration, the most substantial informal dialogue yet held between the two countries. This dialogue was supported by the Australia-India Council of the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and the Public Diplomacy Division of the Indian Ministry of External Affairs.

Key findings:

  • India and Australia should deepen their security collaboration, including through regular bilateral naval exercises.
  • Differences over civilian nuclear energy and Australian uranium exports are being addressed purposefully.
  • With Indians comprising one of the largest and fastest-growing communities in Australia, there is great scope to harness societal links to strengthen political and business ties.
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