AUSTRALIA: Down Under Comes Up

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To the U.S. Australia has always been a physical obscurity. The U.S. press usually writes Australia off as "down under"; the U.S. public likes to hear of "Aussies" capturing Italian divisions singlehanded. This was agreeable to both the U.S. and Australia—until last week. Last week the U.S. and Australia began to discover each other.*

The U.S. looked to Australia as a natural base for future operations, land, sea and air, against Imperial Japan. To Australia, the U.S. became the hope of its own national defense. Commenting on the Washington Agreement (see p. 10), Australia's Prime Minister...

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