Above all, policymakers and business leaders should understand that Australia does not, in fact, face a singular and nearly existential choice between security and prosperity. The country’s leaders have a task that is at once less consequential but more difficult: to make many choices, on many issues—and for years to come.
Richard Fontaine is president of the Center for a New American Security and recently served as the inaugural Alliance 21 Fellow at the University of Sydney’s US Studies Centre. You can follow him on Twitter: @RHFontaine.
Image: Barack Obama talking with Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull of Australia. Wikimedia Commons/The White House/Pete Souza