The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper was released on 23 November 2017, with a media release by Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop saying the White Paper was the “first comprehensive review of Australia's international engagement for 14 years.” The White Paper, titled “Opportunity, Security, Strength”, sets out a framework which is meant to shape Australia’s foreign policy response over the next decade and beyond.
In her ministerial foreword to the White Paper, Ms Bishop writes:
“Over the decade ahead, technological change, challenges to globalisation and the rules-based international order, continued economic dynamism and growth in Asia, shifts in strategic power regionally and globally, Islamist terrorism and climate change are among the significant trends shaping our world.
Some of these developments challenge Australian interests. Others bring opportunity. Australia should respond with confidence. We are a regional power with global interests. Our strong economy and institutions, innovative businesses, educated and skilled population and secure borders provide solid foundations for success.
As this White Paper makes clear, in a complex and uncertain environment we will have to work harder to maximise our international influence and secure our interests.
We will need to keep reforming our economy, boost our competitiveness and resilience, and invest in the other domestic foundations of our national strength.”
The White Paper sets out five “objectives of fundamental importance” for the Government, saying that Australia needs to:
As outlined in the Minister’s press release, in order to meet these objectives, the Government plans to:
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Joint Media Release - Opportunity, Security, Strength: The 2017 Foreign Policy White Paper (Malcolm Turnbull MP, Prime Minister; Julie Bishop MP, Minister for Foreign Affairs; Steven Ciobo MP, Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment, 23 November 2017)
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