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The Australia India Strategic Partnership of 2009 lays strong emphasis on bilateral cooperation in the field of defence and security.
In addition, there are common transnational challenges in policing and law enforcement, which demand greater engagement between the two sides to jointly address them effectively.
Bilateral ties have witnessed an upswing since the visit of the former Australian Prime Minister John Howard’s visit to India in 2006 during which both sides signed a memorandum of Understanding to facilitate exchanges in defence and security, research and development, maritime cooperation and defence industries cooperation.
The visit also witnessed the establishment of India-Australia Joint Working Group on Defence to bolster bilateral cooperation.
Bilateral discussions also covered the supply of uranium which was approved by John Howard but overturned by Prime Minister Kevin Rudd in 2007, who ironically signed ‘strategic partnership’ in 2009 with India.
However, the ascent of Julia Gillard as Prime Minister reinstated the uranium supply decision and relations ever since have maintained an upward trend.
Under Prime Minister Tony Abbott, bilateral ties gained greater momentum as both sides inked a Framework for Security Cooperation in November 2014 to implement an Action Plan, which includes: annual summits and foreign policy exchanges and coordination, defence policy planning and coordination, counter-terrorism and transnational crimes, border protection, coast Guard and Customs, disarmament, non-proliferation, civil-nuclear energy and maritime security, disaster management and peacekeeping, and cooperation in regional and multilateral fora.
Australia and India are also affected by terrorism, cyber attacks, criminal syndicates perpetuating drug trafficking and corruption in sports. India is also deeply affected by gender violence on which academic and law enforcement cooperation with Australia could be helpful in sharing best practices in addressing the problem.
This objective of this program is to address some of the above mentioned challenges through research collaboration, joint workshops, policy dialogues, practitioners’ exchanges and capacity-development training courses.
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