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Please help me argue that Australian government should be focusing on international...

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st69h | Student, Undergraduate | eNoter

Posted September 16, 2011 at 12:17 PM via web

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Please help me argue that Australian government should be focusing on international issues rather than domestic issues.

We are having a school debate and I am on the affirmative side which is that the Australian Government should be focusing on international issues rather than domestic. What is a good argument?

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pohnpei397 | College Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

Posted September 16, 2011 at 12:31 PM (Answer #1)

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One thing that you could do here would be to identify a number of foreign policy issues that face Australia and to talk about why those issues are so important that the government should focus on them.  Two examples are:

  • Trade and China.  Much of Australia's wealth lies in things like iron ore and coal that are largely exported to Asian countries such as China and India.  Australia's relations with countries like China, then, are vital to its domestic economy.
  • Boat people.  One of the major problems facing Australia is the issue of what to do with refugees trying to reach Australia by sea.  Australia has tried to put these refugees in places like Malaysia and Nauru.  This affects Australia's image in its region of the world.
  • Islamism and terrorism.  Australia is a Western country that is very near to Muslim countries like Indonesia.  There are also issues such as the instability in East Timor that can easily spill over to affect Australia.  Australia needs to maintain good relations with governments and societies in the area in an attempt to prevent animosity that might lead to attacks on Australia.

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