Letters to the Editor

Letters to the Editor

What Our Treaties Mean SIR: Michael O’Connor has useful things to say (November 2008) about Australia’s security alliances. But not all that he says is accurate; and neither does he mention all our alliances. In the ANZUS Treaty, for example, he says, “There is a commitment only to consultation”. In fact, ANZUS places seven commitments on the parties, some boilerplate but two of particular importance: the commitment in Article IV to “act” if a party is subjected to an armed attack on its metropolitan territory or on its island territories in the Pacific or on its armed forces there; and…

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