Defence Minister Peter Dutton says the national security announcements the government made last week have been all about keeping Australia safe and secure in an uncertain world – particularly in the Indo-Pacific.
It comes as Mr Dutton, PM Scott Morrison, and Foreign Minister Marise Payne gave a joint address from New York amid bilateral talks with the United States.
“We need to provide that leadership and stability. Through the deal we announced we have delivered on that,” Mr Dutton said.
“Many of our neighbours understand the gravity of AUKUS, the way in which it will be a positive force for peace and stability in our region.”