The Australian Labor Party called on its allies to reject U.S. President Donald Trump’s idea of “patriotism over globalism” and instead, have their foreign policies adhere to an international rules-based order.
President Donald Trump declared his ideology during his privileged speech at a U.N Assembly last month:
“We reject the ideology of globalism and we embrace the doctrine of patriotism around the world. Responsible nations must defend against threats to sovereignty.”
Trump said the U.S. rejects “global governance, control and domination.” He condemned the U.N Human Rights Commission, the International Criminal Court, and the U.N Compact on Migration, and said the U.S wouldn’t participate in any of them.
Penny Wong, Australia’s Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs and the leader of the Opposition in the Senate, is clearly against Trump’s “America First” foreign policy approach in a speech she gave to the Perth USAsia Centre on Monday evening.
She said that nations should not shut themselves off from the world because it will result to misunderstanding, tension, rivalry and conflict.
Wong stated the importance of globalization:
“If countries close themselves off, turn inward and disengage from the world, the risks of misunderstanding, tension, rivalry and conflict rise. So instead of talking about globalism versus patriotism, let’s talk about co-operation. Let’s talk of working together to gain collective benefits. This is good for each of us, and good for all. It’s a contribution Australia has historically made. And it’s one we must continue to make.”
Wong said that Bill Shorten government’s foreign policy will focus on keeping global cooperative democratic institutions functioning. She stressed that Australia must remember that as technology moves forward into outer space cooperation with other countries is the key to success.
“The five treaties and five declarations and legal principles on space-related activities, developed through the UN Committee on the Peaceful Uses of Outer Space (UN COPUOS) all stress the principle that outer space itself, the activities carried out there, and whatever benefits may accrue from it, should have the objective of enhancing the well-being of all countries and humankind. It is a legal and normative framework which emphasizes international co-operation.”