Menzies Contributions To Australia

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In 1949 the Liberal party of Australia won the federal election and Robert Menzies became Prime Minister. His tenure as Prime Minister lasted seventeen years and in that time Australia’s foreign policy and international relations with other nations becoming advanced, leading Australia into a new period of worldwide cooperation; under Menzies, Australia strengthened its ties with neighbouring pacific states, the United States and New Zealand, as well as showing commitment to working with the continents of Asia and Europe. Through examining these contributions to the international community the influence of the Menzies’ government as a result of the 1949 election can be measured and determined how impactful this influence was.

In 1949 Robert
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The year following Menzies’ election Asia would see another war break out, as on 25 June, the North Korean People’s Army crossed the 38th parallel and invaded the Republic of Korea. The United Nations Security Council passed a resolution urging UN members to give military support to South Korea, to which Australia’s government obliged and sent over two thousand, two hundred troopers by July 27, 1953, (the day the Armistice Agreement to end the war was signed) in order to assist the Korean, American and British soldier who had ties to Australia. Through supplying the number of soldiers in the Korean War effort Australia improved relations with the United Kingdom and the United States of whom Australia had remained away from after the end of the Second World War; along with this resurgence of international alliances there was direct benefit to Australia, as following the war Australia saw economic reforms ‘beginning to bear fruit’ as Australia saw the economic growth as a result of the Korean War and the post-war mass movement of the people, who in looking for a better life caused a rise in annual factory production in Australia; the Menzies government would …show more content…
As minister for the external issues of Australia, Spender’s arguably biggest role was his involvement in the development of the Colombo plan. The Colombo plan was an early result of Australia’s diplomacy under the Menzies’ government, the Colombo Plan is an organisation that aims to bring together collective governments efforts and resources in order to strengthen economic and sociological development of other countries in the Asia-Pacific region (there are currently twenty seven member countries), this is to be done through aid and supportive measures; the name comes from the location of its headquarters in Colombo Sri Lanka. The Colombo plan works when two or more states to make arrangements pertaining to foreign aid and/ or technical assistance for their economic and social development for the people and land of the region. According to their mantra, the Colombo Plan has four objectives in aims to maintain :
I) to promote interest in and support for the economic and social development of Asia and the Pacific;
II) to promote technical cooperation and assist in the sharing and transfer of technology among member

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