By Philomena Murray
This can be a booklet approximately clash: clash among a rustic with limits to its overseas influence—Australia—and a brand new foreign actor with huge, immense presence at the international stage—the ecu Union.
Australians usually understand the european as a monolithic, unfavorable and obstructionist bloc, unleashing rules and protectionism upon the realm. but Australia's engagement with the ecu is easily prior to Australian public opinion approximately Europe. those alterations spring not just from alterations in Australia, yet from Europe's increasing position in exchange and politics.
In this full of life exam of Australia's dating with the more and more strong ecu, Professor Philomena Murray offers a clean and finished standpoint on politics and exchange, outdated defense and new safeguard. She severely assesses how engagement among the ecu and Australia has built over the last few decades—from slim issues with agricultural exchange to the more moderen demanding situations of terrorism. Murray argues that the realisation of the connection will impact Australia's function either during this sector and the realm.
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Australian investment in the UK constitutes 55 per cent of all Australian investment in the EU. This is a clear indication of the importance of the UK in the EU–Australia relationship. An even starker image is evident in the following chart, which illustrates that 77 per cent of EU investment in Australia comes from the UK. Figure 4: EU Investment in Australia at December 2003 United Kingdom Netherlands Germany France Belgium and Luxembourg Other EU Australia and Europe: The Burden of Memory 31 Australia’s unresolved identity The American political analyst Samuel Huntington has asserted that the great conflict in the post-Cold War world would be civilisational.
Ian Jack has reminded us that: ‘there was still something unresolved about Australia, both in its identity and its place in the world; an island of 19 million people, mainly of European ancestry, as geographically remote from the North American and European societies it most resembles as it is possible to be’ (Jack, 2000, 7). It can be useful, up to a point, to question whether Australia really is caught between Europe and Asia, between history and geography. Australia may indeed be ‘at the foot of Asia’, the place where Ingleson suggests that the sun sets on the European empire (Ingleson, 1999, 96).
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