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This is the first White Paper on Australia’s foreign and trade policy.

This White Paper takes a longer-term perspective - looking forward fifteen years - to the forces which are most likely to influence Australia’s external environment, and to the policy implications which flow from this. A key message of the paper is the great opportunities which the next fifteen years offer Australia.

We should be realistic about the tough challenges ahead of us as we make our way in a much more competitive and complex global and regional environment. But we should also have confidence in Australia’s capacity to shape the future to its advantage.


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