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Australia as an ASEAN Community partner

By Graeme Dobell

Australia should seek membership/partnership of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN).
We should aim for a form of ASEAN membership/partnership by 2024, the 50th anniversary of Australia becoming the first ASEAN dialogue nation.

New Zealand should join any Australian effort to join ASEAN. A joint Australia – New Zealand effort will be mutually reinforcing.

The ASEAN–Australia summit in Sydney in March is the launch point for a discussion of what much closer cooperation could mean for the future of the ASEAN Community.