100 years of Mateship: U.S. Senate passes resolution recognizing 100 years of the United States-Australia relationship

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IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

RESOLUTION

Recognizing 100 years of the United States-Australia relationship — 100 years of Mateship.

 

Whereas United States and Australian troops first fought to- gether in and won the Battle of Hamel on the Western Front in France on July 4, 1918, under the command of Australian General John Monash;

Whereas the hard fought victory achieved by the combined forces at Hamel helped turn the tide of World War I;

Whereas Australia has fought together with the United States in every major conflict since 1918;

Whereas more than 100,000 Australian service members have given the ultimate sacrifice alongside their brothers and sisters in arms from the United States;

Whereas the United States and Australia officially estab- lished bilateral diplomatic relations on January 8, 1940;

Whereas the United States and Australia formalized their se- curity alliance with the signing of the Australia, New Zealand, United States Security Treaty, done at San Francisco September 1, 1951 (commonly known as the ANZUS Treaty);

Whereas the ANZUS Treaty was invoked the first and only time in response to the terrorist attacks on the United States on September 11, 2001;

Whereas the United States and Australia share information essential for security and defense through the Five Eyes intelligence alliance;

Whereas the Force Posture Agreement between the Govern- ment of Australia and the Government of the United States of America, done at Sydney August 12, 2014, en- ables closer security and defense cooperation between the 2 allies;

Whereas the United States and Australia conduct diverse joint military exercises and training to enhance capabili- ties throughout the world, and Australia hosts United States Marines at bases in its Northern Territory;

Whereas the United States and Australia work closely in a number of international fora, including the Group of Twenty (G–20);

Whereas the Australia–United States Free Trade Agreement, done at Washington May 18, 2004, came into effect on January 1, 2005;

Whereas the United States and Australia conduct $65,000,000,000 in 2-way trade and have an investment relationship valued at $1,100,000,000,000,

Whereas July 4, 2018, marks the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Hamel and serves as the date on which the United States and Australia celebrate the first 100 years of Mateship:

Now, therefore, be it

Resolved, That the Senate—

(1) commemorates the 100-year anniversary of the Battle of Hamel, forging the unique and enduring relationship between the United States and Australia; 

(2) reaffirms the strong military alliance relationship between the United States and Australia; 

(3) supports continued diplomatic, security, and economic cooperation between the United States and Australia.

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Find the 100 years of Mateship concurrent resolution at congress.gov