1301.0 - Year Book Australia, 2005  
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Contents >> International relations >> Australia’s credentials and place in the international system

Australia is an engaged and active international and regional player. Its interests are global in scope and not solely defined by geography. As a Western country located in the Asia-Pacific region, Australia has close ties and affinities with North America and Europe and a history of active engagement throughout Asia.

Australia’s efforts to advance its interests overseas are supported by its modern and robust economy, including a dynamic private sector and sophisticated manufacturing and services sectors. The Australian economy has performed strongly in recent years, notwithstanding economic downturn and slower growth in some of its main export markets. Australia is highly regarded internationally for its strong skills base, high quality education and training institutions, and advanced physical infrastructure.

Australia brings strong political institutions and liberal democratic values - including a commitment to the rule of law, freedom of the press and accountability - to its international relations. Australia’s cultural diversity underpins its adaptability and effectiveness in a global context.

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