Australia has always had a strong relationship with the European countries but in recent decades Australia has established a continuously increasing social, political and economic bond with Asia and the Pacific. The largest region in the world is the Asian region as it covers nearly 17% of the world’s land surface and is home to almost 60% of the earth’s population. Asia is highly politically and economically unstable with nearly 65% of the world’s poorest populace living in the Asian Pacific region. Due to Australia’s close geographic proximity to Asia, it increases Australia’s ability to deliver aid to the country (Figure 1). Australia already actively provides help for south-east Asia regarding their social, economic and cultural development through organisations such as AusAID and ASEAN (YouTube 2013).
Developing such close ties with the Asia Pacific region is beneficial for both parties as the relationship is important to Australia’s security and, economic and political stability (YouTube 2013). The strong bond between Australia and Asia has positively contributed to Australia’s economic growth and stability. As can be seen in Figure 2, the trading between Australia and Asia have increased steadily and are predicted to further increase and exceed that of surrounding countries (Atkin and Connolly 2013). This trading relationship has resulted in an increase in profits within the Australian economy.
The time difference between Australia and the Asian region is very small which increases the interconnectivity between the two countries as well as making engagement easier.
It is clear that the engagement between Australia and Asia is crucial to both countries social, economic and political development and therefore is a part of the Geography Australian Curriculum intergraded into educational institutions.
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