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20      Foreign Affairs— Australia and United States of America—Relationship

Senator Dean Smith, also on behalf of Senators Askew, Seselja, Van and Keneally, pursuant to notice of motion not objected to as a formal motion, moved general business notice of motion no. 567—That the Senate—

(a)              acknowledges that this year marks the 80th anniversary of diplomatic relations between Australia and the United States of America; 

(b)              notes that:

(i)                    Australia and the United States established diplomatic relations on 8 January 1940,

(ii)                  Australia’s first Ambassador to the United States, Mr Norman J O Makin, presented his credentials to the US Government on 11 September 1946, and

(iii)                the first US Ambassador to Australia, Mr Robert Butler, presented his credentials to the Australian Government on 25 September 1946;

(c)              recognises the strong and enduring trade and investment relationship between our two nations, noting the following:

(i)                    the Australia-United States Free Trade Agreement (AUSFTA), which entered into force on 1 January 2005,

(ii)                  the United States is Australia’s largest two-way investment partner, reaching $1.6 trillion in 2017, with two-way trade worth A$70.2 billion in 2017-18, and

(iii)                over 10,000 Australian listed companies sell to or operate in the United States; and

(d)             recognises the strong and enduring security relationship between our two nations, noting the following:

(i)                    Australian and US forces have fought alongside each other in every significant conflict since World War I,

(ii)                  the US-Australian alliance is a key partnership for peace and stability in the Indo-Pacific region,

(iii)                US Marines are stationed in Darwin in Australia’s north, and our defence force personnel are working together in Afghanistan, Iraq and Syria,

(iv)                Australian and US defence agencies signed a Joint Statement on Defence Cooperation in October 2015, and

(v)                  in 2017, the United States and Australia participated in the seventh Talisman Saber, a biennial joint military exercise designed to ensure our defence forces can work together with the highest levels of interoperability.

Statement by leave : The Leader of the Australian Greens in the Senate (Senator Waters), by leave, made a statement relating to the motion.

Question put and passed.