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ANZUS rift

ANZUS rift

In this cartoon by Bob Brockie from August 1986, David Lange turns up his nose at the continued support for nuclear arms displayed by Australian Prime Minister Bob Hawke and United States President Ronald Reagan. By 1986 New Zealand's refusal to admit US nuclear-powered or -armed ships had disrupted the ANZUS alliance and severely strained Australia's close relationship with New Zealand.

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Alexander Turnbull Library
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Cartoon by Bob Brockie

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Philippa Mein Smith, 'Australia and New Zealand - Defence and security', Te Ara - the Encyclopedia of New Zealand, (accessed 8 June 2023)

Story by Philippa Mein Smith, published 20 Jun 2012