• Though US-Australia relations have not been a dominant theme, Australia will still take an interest in the result: the US is its largest foreign investor.

  • America’s gathering interest in the Asia-Pacific region focuses on Australia but the latter has to consider its relationship with China. In August, Australia rejected a proposal to expand the HMAS Stirling naval base near Perth.

  • Australians are likely to prefer Obama to Romney: Australian approval of American leadership jumped from 25 to 69 per cent in the first two years of the post-Bush era.

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