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Copy of Australia's Regional and Global links
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Since the early 20th century Australia has been actively involved in foreign affairs within and beyond the
Australia has been, and continues to be, actively involved in international affairs both globally and within the AsiaPacific region.
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Today Australia maintains and fosters links with countries in all parts of the world, with particular emphasis on those in Asia and the Pacific Rim.
Throughout history Australia has maintained strong links with Europe and North America.
Over the last 60 years Australia has become more involved in political, economic and defence issues that affect its geographical region, the Asia–Pacific.
Links in migration, trade, defence, aid, tourism, communication, culture and sport improve the wealth and security of Australians.
Australia is a member of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC)
promotes free trade and economic cooperation throughout Asia-Pacific
works to raise living standards and education levels through sustainable economic growth
fosters a sense of community and an appreciation of shared interests among Asia-Pacific countries.
APEC is made up 21 Pacific Rim countries. They meet regularly.
APEC Summit 2011 in Philippines
APEC Summit in Sydney, 2007
The APEC Australia 2007 brought together the leaders of all major regional economies as well as thousands of delegates, support personnel and the international media, and is one of the most important annual meetings of world leaders.
The gathering of these 21 world leaders met to promote regional stability, counter-terrorism and health.
Sydney APEC Summit 2007
The nations with whom Australia has strong historical links include
(who colonised Australia)
United States and Canada (who came to Australia’s aid in the Second World War)
New Zealand (who fought alongside Australians as ANZACs)
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The Australian Defence Force has links with the rest of the world through joint military exercises, active combat, and peacekeeping and providing humanitarian relief. Australia’s military links can be attributed to both
history and to location.
Today Australia has particularly
strong defence links and agreements with the United Kingdom, the United States and New Zealand. Australia’s military has also recently been involved in active duty in
Afghanistan, Iraq, Timor and Solomon Islands.
Almost 25 per cent of the 22 million Australians were born overseas and come from more than 170 countries.
SBS IMMIGRATION NATION
Australia's population of over 22.6 million (ABS 2012) is culturally diverse, with origins in over 170 nations. This diversity is largely the result of migration.
Today around 44 per cent of all Australians were either born overseas or have at least one overseas born parent (ABS 2006).
Australia’s trade accounts for about one per cent of world trade totalling about AU$306 billion per year.
Excluding the United States and United Kingdom, AsiaPacific nations are the most important for imports to Australia, mostly for manufactured goods.
Australia relies on trade for economic growth.
Its largest trading partners for both imports and exports are the US, Japan, China and the UK The major Australian exports in 2009 were tourism, coal, petroleum, gold, iron ore, aluminium,
education, wheat, meat, wool and alcoholic beverages including wine.
The Australian Government donates almost AU$3 billion
each year in overseas aid to countries with low living
standards. Most of the nations to whom Australia
provides aid are located in the AsiaPacific region.
Australia also provides humanitarian aid in cases of
regional emergencies such as natural disasters and war.
An example: Australian AID
Each year Australians make more than 4million visits overseas and Australia receives around five million foreign visitors. Tourism contributes AU$8.1 billion in o GDP in 2004-–05
The Industry employs 550 000 people.
Promoting Australian Tourism
It is important that a geographically isolated country like Australia has advanced communications and transport in an increasingly globalised world. Advancing technology including broadband and satellite Internet, mobile phone networks and digital television help to ensure that Australia is linked to the rest of the world
Our strongest communication links are with the United States, United Kingdom and other countries that belong to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation
and Development (OECD). Communication links are increasingly made with China and APEC
Culture includes art and literature, lifestyles, values, ways of living together, traditions and beliefs.
Traditionally Australia’s cultural links have been European and particularly Christian and Anglo-Saxon.
Due to the diverse backgrounds of people who have migrated to Australia, today the cultural links between Australia and the rest of the world are many and varied. This can be most obviously seen in the different restaurants, places of worship, festivals, books, music, film, entertainment and television now available in Australia.
Australia is a proud and successful sporting nation.
Sport is part of Australia’s lifestyle and national identity. The increase in the global importance of sport has meant that Australia had made links with other nations in staging international sporting events such as the 2000 Olympics and the 2006 Commonwealth Games
‘Sport is increasingly recognised as an important tool in helping the United Nations achieve its objectives’ (Ban Ki-moon, United Nations Secretary-General)
Interdependence and Globalisation
Peace building and Conflict resolution
Social Justice and Human rights
sports from different countries
– Sumo wrestling, Judo, Ping Pong, Cricket
businesses like Nike, and sponsors such as Coca Cola
clearing forests and wetlands for
sporting ventures, the large ecological footprint of a world sports event, transport pollution to and from world sports events
security issues, improving global diplomacy and peace building between competing
Provides an awarness of human rights (eg Nike sweatshops), improves social integration, reduces racism and improves people-to-people links
Australia's greatest sporting moments