Australia and U.S. hold bilateral meetings

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meet during the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images
Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton meet during the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images
Australian Minister for Defense Stephen Smith, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr pose for a photo during a dinner at the Matilda Bay Restaurant prior to the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations, in Perth, Australia.Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

Australian Minister for Defense Stephen Smith, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr pose for a photo during a dinner at the Matilda Bay Restaurant prior to the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations, in Perth, Australia.Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greet each other in the bar of the Hyatt Hotel prior to the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations, in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greet each other in the bar of the Hyatt Hotel prior to the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations, in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr chat during a dinner at the Matilda Bay Restaurant prior to the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations, in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr chat during a dinner at the Matilda Bay Restaurant prior to the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations, in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend a dinner at the Matilda Bay Restaurant prior to the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations, in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend a dinner at the Matilda Bay Restaurant prior to the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations, in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend a dinner at the Matilda Bay Restaurant prior to the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations, on November 13, 2012 in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend a dinner at the Matilda Bay Restaurant prior to the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations, on November 13, 2012 in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

Australian Minister for Defense Stephen Smith, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr pose with guests at a dinner at the Matilda Bay Restaurant prior to the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations, in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

Australian Minister for Defense Stephen Smith, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr pose with guests at a dinner at the Matilda Bay Restaurant prior to the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations, in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend a dinner at the Matilda Bay Restaurant prior to the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations, in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend a dinner at the Matilda Bay Restaurant prior to the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations, in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel , on November 13, 2012 in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton attend the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel , on November 13, 2012 in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greet each other in the bar of the Hyatt Hotel prior to the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard and US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton greet each other in the bar of the Hyatt Hotel prior to the Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta share a joke during the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta share a joke during the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

The Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard and the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enjoy afternoon tea during the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty-Pool/Getty Images

The Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard and the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enjoy afternoon tea during the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty-Pool/Getty Images

The Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard and the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enjoy afternoon tea during the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty-Pool/Getty Images

The Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard and the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton enjoy afternoon tea during the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty-Pool/Getty Images

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta meet during the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty-Pool/Getty Images

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, and US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta meet during the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty-Pool/Getty Images

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Australian Minister for Defense Stephen Smith pose for a photo during the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty-Pool/Getty Images

The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Australian Minister for Defense Stephen Smith pose for a photo during the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty-Pool/Getty Images

The Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard walks with the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton upon arrival for afternoon tea during the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty-Pool/Getty Images

The Prime Minister of Australia Julia Gillard walks with the US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton upon arrival for afternoon tea during the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty-Pool/Getty Images

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta share a joke during the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images

Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs Bob Carr, Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard, US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and US Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta share a joke during the annual Australia-United States Ministerial Consultations at the Hyatt Hotel in Perth, Australia. Photo by Colin Murty - Pool Getty Images