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Today’s date marks 70 years since the ANZUS Treaty was signed in San Francisco in 1951. 

Australia is a more capable Alliance partner now than in 1951, and a good thing too, given the globe’s geostrategic focus lies much closer to Australia than in 1951, and given the United States no longer can do as much of the heavy lifting as it did in the Second World War and its aftermath. The Alliance has never been as central to Australia’s national interests and, hence, Australia’s contribution to Alliance burden-sharing must be expected to grow.