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Australia has a vital national interest in helping to maintain the current Rules-based-order (RBO).

Summary

The rules-based-order RBO concept appears regularly in the media, particularly regarding great power competition. The UN Association of Australia defines it as:
A concept gaining increasing currency both in Australia and internationally is that of a ‘rules-based international order’. This means a shared commitment by all countries to conduct their activities in accordance with agreed rules that evolve over time, such as international law, regional security arrangements, trade agreements, immigration protocols, and cultural arrangements.  UNAA_RulesBasedOrder_ARTweb3.pdf
The key points about the RBO are: