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Reasons For Australia's Involvement In The Vietnam War

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There were many reasons that contributed to Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War. These consisted of a fear of communism, the need to support the USA and other allies and the views of Australian Prime Minister Robert Menzies. While none of these had a great enough influence themselves, the combination of multiple factors were what brought about Australia’s association with the Vietnam War.
The most prominent reason for Australian involvement in the Vietnam War was the country’s fear of communism. This was most clearly demonstrated through the use of effective and persuasive propaganda that depicted communism as a disease, or leaders such as Stalin as a spider with a web capturing the ...view middle of the document...

The Domino Effect was the idea that as communism spread south it was ‘knocking over’ countries as if they were dominoes. Australia felt threatened by this theory because it would be harder to retain capitalism the more neighbouring countries fell to communism. Therefore, Australia needed to adopt the US policy of forward defence in order to keep the war out of the country. They believed it was essential to keep the fight in Asia, and it were better to be defeated there than to fight on Australian shores. Furthermore, Australia was legally bound by two treaties that meant they had to protect the other countries to ensure their own protection: the SEATO and ANZUS treaties. However, Australia also held concerns over neighbouring country Indonesia and their unpredictable leader. Prime Minister Sukarno was linked to a large communism party that made his country the main defence concerns of Australia in the 1960s.The events that were occurring in nearby countries influenced Australia’s involvement in the Vietnam War.
Prime Minister Robert Menzies and his support for America was also a contributing factor to Australia’s reasons for involvement in the Vietnam War. Menzies had a long history of action against communism in Korea and the Australian public was well aware...

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