PM commits warship, planes to Gulf mission

Original article by Geoff Chambers, Simon Benson, Ben Packham
The Australian – Page: 1 & 2 : 22-Aug-19

The federal government will join a US-led coalition that aims to protect oil tankers when passing through the Strait of Hormuz. The national security committee approved Australia’s participation on 19 August; the nation’s contribution to the coalition will include a frigate, a surveillance aircraft and 187 personnel. Prime Minister Scott Morrison has stressed the need to safeguard the nation’s oil supplies and to protect global sea lanes. He notes that 30 per cent of Australia’s refined oil passes through the Strait of Hormuz.

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Ignore Trump tweetfest, says US envoy

Original article by Lisa Murray, Angus Grigg, Andrew Tillett
The Australian Financial Review – Page: 1 & 8 : 5-Dec-18

James Carouso, the acting US ambassador to Australia, has told a national security summit that relations between the two countries are still strong, including their military alliance. He added that Australian policymakers should look at the "facts on the ground" rather than unduly focusing on President Donald Trump’s tweets regarding alliances with countries such as Australia. Carouso also emphasised that the US remains committed to retaining a presence in the Asia-Pacific, noting that bilateral trade with the region has increased by 10 per cent under Trump.

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