Essay on Australian Foreign Policy

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Australian Foreign Policy


What is Foreign Policy?
Foreign Policy is a nations’ attitude, actions (ie economic sanctions, peacekeeping,
military activity) as well as our dealings with other countries (ie trade, immigration,
aid, defence) and anything that is directed towards preserving and furthering certain
national interests. Foreign Policy seeks to maintain national security, promote economic
and trade interests, expand regional and global links, and promote the nation as a good
global citizen.


Why is FP unique in terms of FP making?
Indeed, FP is unique in terms of policy making, largely because it requires little
legislation. In essence, governments do not have to face a review of their policy
enshrined in legislation in the Senate. Arguably FP may be made with little reference to
Parliament as it usually obtains bi-partisan support as recently exemplified by the
outstanding Labor Party support for an additional Medicare levy to cover the costs of
Australian peacekeeping forces in East Timor. Consequentially, FP is seldom a topic for
elections as it does not directly affect the electorate, nor does it gather the same level
of community participation or interest as many other policies.


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