This year is shaping up as a big year for Australian foreign policy. This FlagPost highlights some of the key milestones expected over the coming months.
The centrepiece of the Australian Government’s foreign policy agenda in 2017 will be a new white paper that will ‘provide a roadmap for advancing and protecting Australia’s international interests and define how we engage with the world in the years ahead’. This will be only the third Australian foreign and trade policy white paper and the first since Advancing the National Interest was released by the Howard Government in 2003. In the interim, there have been two foreign affairs-related white papers: the Howard Government’s 2006 Australian Aid: Promoting Growth and Stability and the Gillard Government’s 2012 Australia in the Asian Century.
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Parliamentary Library, Parliament of Australia 2017