Sydney Consultation Event | Australians’ views on the US Alliance

Sydney Consultation Event | Australians’ views on the US Alliance

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Parramatta South Campus, Western Sydney University

James Ruse Dr &, Victoria Rd

Geoffrey Roberson Room, EZ.1.57, Building EZ

Rydalmere, NSW 2116


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We invite you to share your views on the Australia-US Alliance and how you think Australia should leverage the Alliance.

About this event

During this 90 minute in-person workshop, you will be given the opportunity to share your views on the Australia-US Alliance. Our research team from ANU, UWA and Griffith University seeks to build a better understanding of community attitudes beyond the foreign policy debates in the ‘Canberra bubble’. In particular, this project seeks your views on three crucial questions.

  1. What is the Alliance for, is it important for Australia, and why?
  2. How can and should Australia leverage the Alliance to navigate the security challenges it confronts?
  3. What should future cooperation with the US look like—or not?

This workshop is co-hosted by the Whitlam Institute within Western Sydney University.

Why this research is being conducted

The Australia-US alliance is a central pillar of Australia’s foreign and defence policy. As the nation navigates profound strategic change in Australia’s region, the alliance will continue to evolve. This project seeks to garner views from across the nation on whether and how Australia should leverage its alliance with the US to advance its strategic interest in an environment of unprecedented change. We engage communities across every Australian capital city and in selected regions on the question of how Australia can use the US alliance to its advantage to navigate strategic realignments in the Indo-Pacific over the next 5-10 years. The first of its type, this project will go beyond quantitative polling to acquire comprehensive qualitative insights into the thinking of a cross-section of Australians on the purpose of the Alliance, its future, and how Australians can actively leverage the Alliance to its advantage.

How this research will be used:

The project will publish a major report summarizing the views expressed throughout the consultation period to advance the national debate on the alliance. All reasonable steps will be taken to protect the confidentiality and privacy of potential participant information. Opinions presented during the consultation process will be done so under Chatham House rules, ensuring that no view expressed will be identifiable to a participant when data is collated and then reported.

In accordance with Griffith University research ethical clearance* requirements, all participants will be provided with an information sheet and will be asked to sign a consent form prior to their participation.


This project has received ethical clearance from the Griffith University Human Research Ethics Committee (GU Ref No: 2021/699).

Registrations close on Friday 22 July 2022.

For further enquiries, please contact:

Scott Blakemore -

Aliyah Ravat -

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