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June 30, 1981

Office of the Press Secretary

|fc>r Immediate Release.

REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT 11 4· ( o - ' j

AND

PRIME MINISTER FRASER • OF AUSTRALIA AT ARRIVAL CEREMONY

The South Lawn

10 ill A.M. EDT

THE PRESIDENT: Prime Minister Fraser, the American. people welcome you to our country with a deep and a heartfelt warmth reserved for only the best of friends. Nancy and I are pleased to be able to welcome you and Mrs. Fraser as representatives

of a country with whom we are proud to be allied and the American people are grateful to have as friends -

i Robert Louis. Stevenson wrote, "We are all travelers

yin what John Bunyan calls the wilderness of this world. And the best that we find in our travels is an honest friend — - they keep us worthy of ourselves." And people of Australia are honest and loyal friends, independent of mind and will who bring strength of

character and courage to the international community. America's proud to have such an ally in a world where freedom and democracy are constantly challenged.

Australians have fought side-by-side with Americans in every major war in this century. They've opened their hearts and homes to us when we were away from home and they have stood with us in good times and bad. And America is grateful to have such

steadfast friends. ,

w and economic growth to developing

count!ies as close to you as Southeast Asia and as far away as Africa. And there you played the key/role in commonwealth consultations leading to the independence of Zimbabwe. Together with New Zealand, Australia and America have shared a ..bond of a '

tripartite ANZUS alliance.

security in the East Asian and Pacific regions, as Sir Robert Men 2 1 as said, "We work for the same kind of free world. We see the world

from similar perspectives, though no two countries could be on more opposite ends of the globe. We share values shaped on the new world frontier passed on to us as our "heritage. We live in freedom., and will accept no other life. We govern ourselves in democracy and will not

tolerate anything less. We cherish liberty and hold it s a f e ,providing hope for the rest of the world. We were born in the same era, sprang

from the same stock and live for the same ideals. Australia and America share an affinity that reaches to our souls."

an understanding by ordinary people of what is at stake. The survival of the whole way of life depends on their commitment. .

You, Mr. Prime Minister, are a world leader who has .a a force for peace. Under your government Australia

For 30 years working together to maintain peace and

You have said, Mr. Prime Minister, that the liberty, we, enjoy has no guarantee. And most importantly, liberty requires

* · » ^ v ^ x e wj.tnuut an Objective are a people lost — a people with faith are a people destroyed — a people without conviction will, not survive. It is liberty which provides the objective, liberty which allows faith — liberty which sustains conviction, but liberty is not an inevitable state and there is no law which guarantees that once

achieved it will survive. Its preservation requires skill, determine and strength.

Mr. Prime Minister, the Australian example is an inspira* for free people everywhere. You may be assured that America will rema: vigilent, will keep herself strong and will always be a dependable partner in the quest for stability, freedom and peace.

Australia is indeed a friend who keeps us worthy of ourselves. Prime Minister Fraser, I look forward to our meetings today as an opportunity to enhance our cooperation with one of our closest allies, but it will also be a pleasure to get to know the Frasers — get to know them better, strengthening the personal friends between our two lands.

So, on behalf of all Americans, I welcome you to the Unit States. (Applause.)

PRIME MINISTER FRASER: Mr. President, from my wife and myself and the Australian party who are with me, thank you very much indeed for your warm and generous welcome. I'm looking forward, indeee to the discussions that we shall be having. "

Australia and the United States, as you pointed out, Mir. President,' 'share a commitment to the values of freedom and of democracy And we know that these values are not mere words, they stand for our way of life — for the attitudes we have toward people and the kind of

opportunities we want for our children.

We share a faith in the enterprise and judgment of free men and women. Both our countries were built by immigrants from across the seas, pursuing dreams of liberty and of independence — the dream of freedom can have the same powerful good in the world today

as it had at the foundation of this great republic. And the world certainly needs strong and confident voices speaking for freedom.

You have come, Mr. President, to your great office at the end of what has been, in many ways, a decade of adversity. You

embody through your eloquence and courage the determination to overcome that adversity. In your inaugural address you urged America to . begin an era of renewal. The energy and ingenuity of the American people, their capacity to rise to a challenge gives me confidence that

they will respond — -are responding to your call.

Indeed the clear evidence that they're doing so already must be encouraging to all of us. The future of the course of freedom around the world depends so greatly on the leadership of the United States.. There are so many things that will not be done

unless the United States is prepared to do them. There is so much that only the world's greatest democracy can do. But we're well aware that powerful as you are, other countries also have a role ■ and a duty. All of the democracies need that confidence in themselves,

that sense of larger purpose, that willingness to play a part which can create the will to work together and to prevail. ■

There are obvious limits, Mr. President, to what a. nation of 40 million people can do. But, Mr. President, Australians .

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are a people given to forming our own views and it's this spirit of independence that makes us determined to be active in improving the condition of mankind and to contribute effectively to the cause of peace and of freedom.

The relationships between Americans and Australians have always been warm and spontaneous and the alliance between . our countries reflects that friendship. But it d o e s , I suggest, more than that. It is built on the bedrock of mutual interests, As

countries whose peoples fought and died in two world wars, we share an abiding commitment to world peace„ As countries bordering the same ocean, we share a central concern for stability and prosperity in the Asia Pacific region. And as two of the world's democracies, we share a concern for liberty and the open society.

. Mr. President, it used to be said of one great .

democratic statesman, that he was at his most effective and formidable on the rebound. I trust that far"before the,end of your Presidency as Western economies recover, as Western defenses strengthen, as Western will is remobilized, we. will have demonstrated that the

same is true of democracy itself. .

We, in Australia, along with the rest of the- civilized world, admire greatly the courage and composure that you showed; Mr. President, throughout the ordeal that followed the attempt on your life some weeks ago. You have shown by personal demonstration

that given old-fashioned strength of character, it .is possible to dominate events, rather than to surrender to those events · .

Ini-doing so, you transformed an ugly and potentially tragic event"’"into one from which decent men and women could grow · · . confidence.-..,;,.. . . .

I thank, you again, very much, Mr. President, for your welcome to Tamara and to myself, to the Australian party today.· - I'm looking forward very much to getting" to know you and Mrs., Reagan and to having our discussions. -{Applause.) * . ■ '

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