It would be unrealistic to expect an alliance relationship to be free and trouble-free, especially between states with very different resources. The benefits of the AUSTRALIA YEAR alliance have been announced above; This section discusses the risks and costs associated with relations with the United States. In accordance with the Article 2 agreements of the treaty, Australia is granted preference status for the purchase of US military equipment, which means that Australia has continuous access instead of having to negotiate authorization on a case-by-case basis. The agreements with the United States “also provide for the provision of ammunition and equipment in the event of an emergency, which will mitigate the need for large-scale storage by the ADF.” (31) Some have argued that this relationship between procurement and defence logistics is a double-edged sword, with “access” being an understatement for dependency. But no nation, with the possible exception of the United States itself, and especially a nation the size and population of Australia, can expect to be truly independent, especially if “the reality of modern warfare requires that allied technology fit well.” (32) Even in their quest for autonomy, Australian governments have accepted that Australia should depend on its alliance with the United States to provide the technical means to defend itself. The 2000 White Paper on Defence confirms the relevance of this dependence and notes that “the type of ADF we need is not possible without technological access from the American alliance.” (33) Topics: Foreign Policy, Federal Government, Liberals, Bishop-Julie, Australia, United States, New Zealand, New Zealand and the United States SECURITY Treaty (DEINS TRAIT) was an agreement signed in 1951 for the protection of Pacific security. Although the agreement has not been formally repealed, the United States and New Zealand no longer maintain security relations between their countries. While it is generally acknowledged that it split in 1984, the Alliance between Australia and the United States remains fully in force. Defence chiefs from one or both states have often joined the annual ministerial meetings, supplemented by consultations between the US commander Pacific and the Australian Chief of the Defence Forces. In addition, regular civilian and military consultations are held between the two governments at lower levels. Again, an American ally can give weight to Australia`s attitude. But it can also be baggage when it comes to managing important regional relations like the one with China. If U.S.-U.S.
relations, which have been temporarily strained on issues such as Taiwan and U.S. missile defense programs, deteriorate significantly, Australia may see its regional and allied priorities increasingly in conflict.