of the President of the United States
of Premier of Australia (note: NOT Austria)
July 12, 1999
PRIORITY RATING: C3
DURATION: 30 minutes.
Australia is a small sub-regional power occupying an island lying
between New Guinea and Tasmania. The country is mostly desert. At
17 million, population size is similar to Saudi Arabia but the country
has very small oil reserves and is of no strategic significance. Olympic
Games will be held in Australia's capital, Sydney, next year.
Mr Howarth is a suburban attorney from a protestant small-business
background, however he speaks English fluently. He was raised in Earlwood
-- apparently a rural neighbourhood close to Sydney. Middle name is
a reference to Winston Churchill, a British Conservative statesman.
CIA advises: President Howerd has a brother who is a known subversive
Both major political parties are warmly, even obsequiously, friendly
and generally reliable. Mr Haward is leader of the Liberal Party,
which, in spite of the name is of conservative-Thatcherist orientation.
forces saved the country from invasion in both world wars and subsequent
Australian governments have readily supplied low-level military assistance
of a symbolic nature, for example in Korea, Vietnam and most recently
during Gulf War.
can be expected to support US interests and positions in all international
recent diplomatic issue: Unfortunate pandering to local nationalist
sentiment by Australia's Olympic Games authority has led to cancellation
of appearance of Orange County marching bands at opening ceremony.
mining and agricultural industries. A pleasant terrorist-free tourism
destination (The President may recall having visited this country
recently). However alternative sources of supply exist for all products
imported from Australia.
Lamb import quotas
Howerd is most likely to strongly raise the matter of our recent tarriff
decision in this area. He is likely to see this as a free trade issue.
Remind the premier that Australian TV has local content quotas which
unfairly discriminate against cheaper, more efficient American cultural
products. This is seriously endangering our soap opera industry. Refer
to recent articles in Australian press by conservative Australian
intellectuals Paddy McGuinness and Imre Saluszinski supporting this
position (attached). Assure Premier Howarth you will look into the
lamb matter. There may have been some mistake in the decision which
can be corrected at some future date. Ask him to be patient.
Japanese rice import quotas
is currently blocked from exporting more than a minimal amount of
its rice production to Japan. The premier may ask for US assistance
to open up Japan to Australian agricultural trade.
Assure Prime Minister Heword of US committment to free trade. Raise
subject of Orange County marching bands.
Indonesian intransigance over East Timor
Howerd is currently under domestic pressure over the role of military-sponsored
integrationist militia groups in East Timor. There is a public perception
in Australia that Australia's committment to the Timorian independence
plebiscite is weak.
Assure Premier Horward of US committment to democratic process. Note
that in the absense of effective civilian government the military
must be relied upon to promote order and preserve foreign interests.
Emphasise strong ties between militaries of US, Indonesia and Australia.
Express hope that pressure can be brought to bear through these channels
to achieve outcome satisfactory to IMF.
will remind President of important scheduled phone call from President
of Sierra Leone. Official photo opportunity follows. Thank Premier
Howarth for his forthcoming invitation to open the 2000 Olympics.
Express warm heart-felt appreciation for his support and understanding.