Australia

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Imagine if two or three hundred years ago an enterprising and militaristic group of men set sail from Asia and landed in a remote part of Europe. Declaring the area so sparsely po...(full article)

For a middle power, Australia has long defined its national interests in very broad terms. It has sent its troops alongside U.S. forces to Iraq and Afghanistan, and over the years ...(full article)

Tony Abbott had told his colleagues last year that one of the problems with Turnbull was that he was "allergic to making decisions". Advertisement Yet when the moment was ripe, Tu...(full article)

Australia’s reinvigorated emphasis on its naval programs is by far the most expensive and consequential. The 2016 DWP restores targets to purchase 9 future frigates, 12 patro...(full article)

Australia should follow the pragmatism of Britain, Canada and New Zealand in its approach to China, not join the "containment" camp led by the US....(full article)

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I Was Right on National Security - Tony Abbott, Quadrant

As prime minister, I was determined to advance our interests, protect our citizens and uphold our values around the world. That meant putting aside the moral posturing of the Rudd ...

Australia's City Slicker Prime Minister - P. Hartcher, Syd. Morning Herald

The Turnbull government is working on something other than tax reform, and it's something potentially bigger....

It's Time We Talked About War With China - Hugh White, Lowy Interpreter

Would we go to war with China over any of the issues which now loom as tests of the future order in Asia - in the Spratlys, or the Senkakus, or even Taiwan?...

How America Plans to Win in East Asia - A. Panda, Diplomat

Taking Harris’ recent comments on the possibility of U.S.-India-Japan trilateral exercises in the South China Sea and a possible resumption of the QSD nearly a decade later toget...

Australia Turns Away From Climate Science - New York Times

For decades, Australia has run the most advanced and comprehensive atmosphere and ocean monitoring programs in the Southern Hemisphere, providing critical information not only for ...

Why Is Australian Health Care so Good? - Ranjana Srivastava, Guardian

t was nearing a weekend when I inherited the care of a distressed elderly man. The hospital bed had been pushed against the wall to guard against falls. His hair was plastered in s...

Australia's Migrant Tide - Washington Times

The nation’s highest court orders a temporary respite from a familiar human surge...

How Australia Gave Up Its Guns - Richard Fidler, ABC Australia

I gave a little speech and they applauded that, then one fellow got up and asked a few questions and asked what I was proud of. I said, 'We stood beside the United States in the fi...

Will Australia Cut Its Ties to the Old Country? - Irish Times

Australia’s wish to be a self-governing republic becomes more pronounced...

Ignore the Gloom: Australia's Economy Is Fine - Ross Gittins, Sydney MH

Almost every economic event has advantages and disadvantages, producing winners and losers. When we allow a panicked global sharemarket and disaster-loving media to interpret those...

The Top 10 Victims of the Export Crisis - G. Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

China: With an economy built on manufactured exports, China is reeling from the consequences of decreasing demand and increasing costs of production. The government is struggling t...

Turnbull in Washington: A Missed Opportunity - Hugh White, Lowy

The trickiest part of Malcolm Turnbull's speech in Washington today was always going to be the passage about China. This was the issue on which, to judge by what he said before bec...

Australia's Foreign Policy: Shackled to the U.S. - Scott Ludlam, Syd. MH

We need a leader who recognises that Australia is a confident country, deserving of an independent foreign policy....

Australia's Northern Pivot - Steve Johnson & Jamie Smyth, Financial Times

Terry O’Connor beams with the air of a proud parent at the 17 hectares of freshly reclaimed land lying fallow. The chief executive of the port of Darwin in Australia’s Northern...

Australia's Unique Role in Syria's Political Resolution - Cavanough, Dip.

Commentators can sometimes be dismissive of Australia’s place in major international disputes. But Canberra’s positioning on the ongoing crisis in Syria is illustrativ...

Australia's Controversial Asylum Polices - Gemima Harvey, The Diplomat

“For those who’ve come across the seas, we’ve boundless plains to share,” goes the Australian national anthem. This is true, unless you are an asylum seeker. Despite the 19...

Why the Radical Right Failed in Australia - Duncan McDonnell, SMH

A Liberal-One Nation coalition government wouldn't be a fantasy if Australia had taken the similar path as Europe towards the radical right....

Australian Labor Is in Trouble Now - Peter Reith, Sydney Morning Herald

British Labour have a similar system and its inadequacies have clearly pushed Labour far to the left. David Cameron had a big win in the recent general election and Labour looks li...

How Did Australia Beat Xenophobia? - Fred Hiatt, Washington Post

Successive waves of immigration have each aroused anxiety among some Australians that the newcomers would never fit in: Greeks and Italians in the 1950s, Vietnamese in the 1970s, C...

Australia's Submarine Debate: Shipyards and Seas - H. Clark, Diplomat

What’s being left out of Australia’s submarine and naval security debate? The region those subs will be patrolling....

Punch-Out in Sydney's Debauched Neighborhood - Steele Rudd, R&K

In the news footage, taken at the scene of the crime, the perpetrator Shaun McNeil seems stunned but lucid. His shirt is open; not ripped, but purposefully unbuttoned to show off h...

Tony Abbott Was the GW Bush of Australia - Helen Clark, Diplomat

Tony Abbott lost his job as Australian prime minister to Malcolm Turnbull in the fourth leadership “knifing” in a decade. Though media in Australia and worldwide reacte...

Peta Credlin's Role in Tony Abbott's Collapse - Mark Kenny, SMH

The rise of the private political office reflects the sheer complexity of the management task required of contemporary politicians - especially when in government....

Malcolm Turnbull: From Spycatcher to PM - Jamie Smyth, Financial Times

The brutal nature of Australian politics, which has seen five prime ministers come and go in as many years, is the reality Mr Turnbull must manage in a parliamentary system that so...

Where Do Australia's Liberals Go Now? - Peter Browne, New Statesman

Considering that Tony Abbott became leader of the Liberal Party of Australia almost by accident, he proved surprisingly difficult to dislodge. Abbott, who was toppled as prime mini...

Australia Knows: Better to Ditch a Bad Leader Quick - A. Coyne, Nat'l Post

No system is perfect. But between dumping leaders prematurely, and being saddled with them eternally, I know which one is the lesser evil....

Australian Liberals Take the Regicide Route - Irish Times

Tony Abbott’s scepticism about climate change and opposition to legalising same-sex marriage left him outside mainstream of public opinion....

Australia Gets a New PM: Experts Respond - Mast et al, The Conversation

Malcolm Turnbull has defeated Tony Abbott by 54 votes to 44 in a spill for the Liberal Party leadership and will become Australia’s 29th prime minister....

Abbott's Time Runs Out - Economist

Malcolm Turnbull unseats Tony Abbott as Liberal Party leader...

NY Times Gets Australia's Asylum Policy Wrong - Mark Kenny, SMH

The New York Times has urged European leaders not to adopt the heartless Australian model of denying desperate asylum seekers entry via the maritime route....

Australia's Brutality on the High Seas - New York Times

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has overseen a ruthlessly effective effort to stop boats packed with migrants, many of them refugees, from reaching Australia’s shores. His policie...

Australia and Gay Marriage - Guardian

A beleaguered prime minister has managed to turn what other countries and most Australians regard as an issue of principle into another piece of party management...

Australia Will Jump Into the Syrian Fray - Peter Hartcher, SMH

Abbott is keen to expand the front of attack; the government is all but certain to go ahead....

America's Special Relationships Need a Reboot - David Rothkopf, FP

The next president urgently needs to consider how to revitalize U.S. alliances worldwide....

Keep Australia's Proud Flag the Same - A. Pidgeon, Sydney Morning Herald

The current flag should continue to fly proudly even if there is another change to Australia's territories....

Asia's New Geopolitics: Balancing China - Harsh Pant, The Diplomat

New configurations in Asian geopolitics are emerging thick and fast....

Will Australians Support a Bolder U.S. Alliance? - Alex Oliver, Lowy

Australians are confident that the US will continue to guarantee Australia's security well into the future, with two-thirds (66%) of the adult population in our 2013 Poll saying it...

Why the NRA Has Australia in Its Sights - Andrew Leigh, Canberra Times

In the decade leading up to the Port Arthur massacre, mass shootings (in which five or more people are killed) had been a regular feature of Australian life. Between 1987 and 1996,...

Realigning the Asia-Pacific - David Lang, The Australian

Australia is well positioned to seize upon the goodwill and personal rapport between prime ministers Tony Abbott, Shinzo Abe and Narendra Modi, as the strategic, defence and securi...

Do Other Countries Have Donald Trumps? - Adam Taylor, Wash Post

Trump is a product of American society, but he's not unique. His mixture of murky wealth, extreme arrogance and vulgar chauvinism can be found all over the world, albeit with local...

Fear, Loathing and Australian Politics - Anneliese Mcauliffe, Al Jazeera

Tony Abbott's proposed security measures are not making Australians feel any safer....

The Rank Opportunist Atop Australian Labor - Paul Shorten, SMH

Bill Shorten was thousands of miles away from the Beaconsfield gold mine in 2006 when news broke that miners were trapped underground. The drama drew the national media to the Tasm...

Australia's Leader Cuts Against the Renewable Current - Hartcher, SMH

The Prime Minister's scathing comments on wind-farms and renewable energy put him out of step with the way the world is moving....

The Russians Are Coming to Asia - Matthew Sussex, Lowy Interpreter

the Ukraine crisis - and the broader Russia-West tensions tat it has stoked - obscures the fact that Moscow has been quietly but rapidly re-orienting its strategic posture. And it ...

Curtains for Australia's Economic Miracle? - Anthony Fensom, TNI

Australia's economy has been on a tear for over two decades. How long can the good times really last down under?...

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