How and Why Did the Australian Government Respond to the Threat of Communism During the 1950’s

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How and why did the Australian government respond to the threat of communism during the 1950’s

After the conclusion of World War 2, which ended in 1945, Australia faced the growing threat of communism. Communism is social organization in which all the people in the community all properties and money is equally shared. The Australian government responded in many ways to the threat of communism during the 1950’s. Australia responded by its involvement in the Korean War, joining alliances and signing treaties and by the introduction of the Dissolution Bill, referendum and the Petrov Affair.

Australia’s involvement in the Korean War was one of the ways in which it reacted to the largely growing threat of communism. Australia didn’t think communism as a threat until China was sucked in by the Red Menace and turn into a communist country. Australia joined the Korean War in 1950. Troops were sent to fight in Korea in order to stop the domino effect. The domino effect was the result of the large nations falling under the control of Communism, eventually nation after nation would become a communist state. In order for Australia to not fall under the domino effect Australia joined the Korean War was because it believed that it would be smarter and more strategic to fight the threat of communism outside of Australia rather than wait for it to come and fight it here. Consequently a truce was signed between the countries thus leaving the country back to where it had started.

Another response to the threat of communism in Asia was the signing of the Anzus treaty. This was possibly the greatest and most important step that Australia took in order to minimize the threat of communism. The treaty was signed by Australia, New Zealand and the United States. By signing the treaty all three nations were obliged to help each other out if either of them were to be under attack. Australia signed the Anzus treaty because Australia believed that it needed strong allies to keep...
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