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Journal ol the Australian Naval Institute

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Journal ol the Australian Naval Institute — Page 39

is more important than the others in defining Australia's policy, it is the central importance attached to the global balance of power

While possessing a number of apparent im­portant differences of emphasis, the policies of both the Whitlam and Fraser governments have been reactions to new trends in US-Soviet re­lations rather than coherent domestic initia­tives Thus while the American alliance will con­tinue to be of fundamental importance in deter­mining an Australian strategy, the problem for Australia is to ensure that the benefits of this alliance outweigh the costs Specifically we must ensure that an alliance essentia'ly for the purpose of deterring the highest levels of threat does not become an end in itself and mislead us as to the nature of our true interests

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