Australia's involvement in the Cold War/Logical-Mathematical 6

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  • Robert Menzies is elected Prime Minister of Australia

    Robert Menzies is elected Prime Minister of Australia
    Robert Menzies uses widely-held fears of Communism to win the election to his second term as Prime Minister, promising to control its spread, especially due to a Communist-led mining strike earlier that year. He promised to outlaw the Communist Party of Australia
  • Menzies Introduces Communist Party Dissolution Bill

    Menzies Introduces Communist Party Dissolution Bill
    This banned such organisations and meant that members had to declare themselves to avert their employment in the Commonwealth, trade unions, or any area of the defence industry.
  • Australia Joins the Korean War

    Australia Joins the Korean War
    In order to both better relations with the US and enhance security against the threat of Communism, Australia sides with the US in the Korean War.
  • ANZUS Treaty signed

    ANZUS Treaty signed
    The ANZUS Treaty (The Australian, New Zealand and United States Security Treaty) is signed in order to protect the security of the Pacific.
  • Communist Party Dissolution Bill referendum

    Communist Party Dissolution Bill referendum
    Australia is split by the referendum to alter the constitution in order to pass the Communist Party Dissolution Bill. ‘No’ narrowly wins.
  • SEATO Established (Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation)

    SEATO Established (Southeast Asia Treaty Organisation)
    An international organisation for collective defence in Southeast Asia is signed in Manila by Australia, New Zealand, France, Pakistan, the Philippines, Bangladesh (now), Thailand, the UK and the US, to prevent communist gains (“the domino effect”) in Southeast Asia.
    SEATO and ANZUS afforded America the ability to establish military bases in Australia and New Zealand.
    The period in which the two treaties were signed has been termed “Pactomania”, perhaps stemming from early Cold War paranoia
  • Petrov Affair

    Petrov Affair
    Menzies is informed that Vladimir Petrov had defected to Australia, giving evidence of a so-called ‘spy ring’ in Australia. He establishes a Royla Commision to investigate this suspected espionage. This did not find anything however it damaged the reputations of countless suspects called to give evidence.
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    Vietnam War

    Australian troops, alongside American soliders were sent to South Vietnam to fight in a proxy war against the USSR, their intention being to stop the spread of Communism into South Vietnam. However, they gradually withdrew their forces between 1970 and 1973.