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1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2007  
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Contents >> International Relations >> Australia's credentials and place in the international system

AUSTRALIA'S CREDENTIALS AND PLACE IN THE INTERNATIONAL SYSTEM

Australia is an independent and outward-looking nation actively involved in international affairs. Australia has close links with Europe and North America as well as a record of active engagement in Asia and the Pacific.

Australia is a stable, democratic society with a skilled workforce and a strong, competitive economy - gross domestic product (GDP) has grown by an annual average of four per cent over the past decade. A large part of Australia’s prosperity is based on international trade and investment.

Australia’s cultural diversity, record of constructive international engagement, strong political institutions and liberal democratic values inform its involvement in world affairs.

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