The Melbourne Statement

  • Minister for Foreign Affairs, Kevin Rudd
  • US Secretary of State, Hilary Clinton


6 November 2010

Foreign Minister Kevin Rudd of Australia and Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton of the United States today reaffirmed the fundamental commitment of both nations to the breadth and depth of the diplomatic and security relationship between the two countries and issued the following joint statement:

1. This year marks the 70th anniversary of the establishment of formal diplomatic relations between Australia and the United States.

2. Today, we honour that history by reaffirming that we share with our predecessors, from both sides of the Pacific, a fundamental commitment to the enduring partnership between our two countries.

3. Today, we affirm afresh that the reasons our relationship has flourished are not only because we share common interests but also, more deeply, we share the bond of common values.

4. Our nations are founded on the principles of democracy, liberal economy, and opportunity for all.

5. In our engagement with the region and the world, we seek to give expression to these values that lie at the foundation of our societies.

6. Our ties have been forged in war and have flourished in peace. Australia and the United States have fought side-by-side in every major international conflict in the past one hundred years.

7. Our alliance was formalized in the face of a divided world nearly sixty years ago. And in the decades since, our alliance – the strategic anchor for American engagement in the Asia-Pacific – has helped to underwrite the security and stability in our region.

8. We are founding members of the United Nations with a shared commitment to global cooperation. Through our common participation in the G20, APEC and other institutions we endeavor to build a stable, prosperous, and sustainable economic order that provides opportunities for all nations, both developed and developing.

9. Ours is a relationship between peoples. The many connections between Australians and Americans have built unbreakable human bonds. The role of our governments is to nourish these ties by providing new opportunities for enrichment though commerce, science, research, education, culture, and the arts.

10. On the 70th anniversary of our relations, Australia and the United States reaffirm our dedication to:

  • The enhancement of democratic freedoms across the human family.
  • The maintenance of global and regional security.
  • The enhancement of an international rules-based order, both within our region and for the world.
  • The building of stable, prosperous, open markets in our region and beyond.
  • Action on the global challenge of climate change.
  • Lifting people of the world out of the degradation of extreme poverty.
  • Building effective regional and global institutions to manage challenges and opportunities of the 21st century.

11. In this Melbourne Statement on the 70th anniversary of our diplomatic relations, Australia and the United States, drawing on the deep well springs of the past, commit ourselves once again to meet the continuing and new challenges we face.

12. The Australia-United States diplomatic relationship has served both our peoples well for much of the 20th century. And so today, we resolve to sustain it in the 21st century as well.

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