20 February 2018
Australia as an ASEAN Community partner
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.