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Australia Needs New Approach to Defense

Peter Layton, Lowy Interpreter

Tony Abbott's Shameful Turn

Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald

Fraser has been rightly lauded for his immense contribution to Australian progress on immigration, indigenous recognition, human rights and equality....(full article)

Asia’s regional dynamics are changing. While the US is a Pacific power, it’s an outsider in Asia. To complicate the picture, the region features a China that is the lar...(full article)

ISIS and submarines are the two big fashionable defence and national security concerns at the moment. When combined, they make it evident that there is need for a considerable reth...(full article)

Today’s and tomorrow’s Australia faces an era of change, uncertainty and fragility. Our horizon of risk is expanding....(full article)

Tony Abbott can be a unifying leader when he wants to be, but his assault on minority groups to rally his supporters is ill-befitting any prime minister....(full article)

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The Australian Prime Minister's Divisive Gaffe - Sydney Morning Herald

Mr Abbott's use of the words "lifestyle choices" was at best ham-fisted. The backlash from Aboriginal leaders - many of his own advisers among them - was understandable....

Australia Needs a New Grand Strategy - Andrew Carr, Lowy Interpreter

Australians sometimes wonder if their nation has a grand strategy. I think it did. It was called 'Engagement' and it has now come to an end. Beginning in the 1950s and 60s and re-...

Australia Must Respect Jakarta's Sovereignty - South China Morning Post

The death penalty is a controversial issue and especially so when foreigners are involved. Indonesia's planned execution of two Australians convicted of drug trafficking has sent t...

Will Australia Buy Japanese Submarines? - Murray McLean, RCD

On February 20, Defense Minister Kevin Andrews outlined for the first time details of the acquisition strategy for Australia's future submarine program. An authoritative press...

East Timor's Lesson for Australian Leaders - Steve Bracks, The Australian

While another Australian prime minister fights to stay in the job, across the Timor Sea to our north in Timor-Leste, Xanana Gusmao is quietly and peacefully handing over the prime ...

Australia's PM Is Down but not Out - Dennis Shanahan, The Australian

It looks bad. A prime minister in deep political trouble, beset by woeful polling, budget problems and internal dissent. Yet as Tony Abbott faces a crucial test of his leadership ...

Australia's Leadership Crisis - Michael Gordon, SMH

The uncomfortable truth of the crisis that threatens to destroy the Coalition government is that Tony Abbott is only part of the problem, and removing him will not avert the prospe...

Australia's Clueless Prime Minister - Sydney Morning Herald

A stronger economy is a necessary but not sufficient condition for progress because voters will never accept reform that ignores the key Australian value of fairness....

Australia's Politics of Permanent Opposition - Waleed Aly, SMH

As a fierce opposition leader, Tony Abbott offered a template for gut-driven rage. That’s when all his problems really began....

Abbott Needs to Fight for Australia - Tom Switzer, Sydney Morning Herald

As Prime Minister, Abbott has been courageous and right to advance his belief in border protection. He spoke for Middle Australia in doing so – including many ethnic minoriti...

Islamists Cannot Be Allowed to Abuse Tolerance - H. Ergas, The Australian

But tolerance was hardly on display at the demonstration Hizb ut-Tahrir organised last Friday night in Lakemba, which refused to condemn the attack on Charlie Hebdo. And though the...

Telling the Truth About Australia - Richard Glover, Sydney Morning Herald

Mark Twain said Australian history was full of "the most beautiful lies" – but it's nothing compared to the lies we tell each other every day. Almost all the stereotypes abou...

Reforming Australia's Economy - Saul Eslake, East Asia Forum

For some time now, Australia’s economy has been underperforming its peers....

Beating Indonesia's Death Penalty - Greg Craven, The Australian

Indonesian law does not require these Australians to die. There is the real alternative of a very, very long time in jail. But in reality they will die, unless Australia can respe...

Will Tony Abbott Learn the Lessons of 2014? - Latika Bourke, SMH

By the end of his first year in government Tony Abbott had conceded the need for a political reset. The new year,  he declared, would be about "jobs and families". We were tol...

China Makes a Move in the Resource Wars - Daniel McGroarty, RCWorld

Washington displays a troubling lack of interest over the intensifying tug-of-war for access to strategic resources....

Tony Abbott and Australian Leaders Grow Up - Peter Hartcher, SMH

This week, events called Australia's political leaders to grow up and get serious. On Monday, the Treasury laid bare the political system's betrayal of Australia's younger generati...

Australia Can No Longer Rely on Isolation - Julia Baird, NYT

Australia's remoteness is, for those of us who live there, possibly the greatest thing about it. We are, in the main, undisturbed. There have been some exceptions; in the Second Wo...

Terror in Sydney - Jerusalem Post

Still, while it is essential not to fall into the trap of generalizing and issuing sweeping indictments, there is also a feeling for some time now, and not just in Australia, that ...

Lone Wolf Terror Tests Our Humanity - Sydney Morning Herald

We are having to face many tests that challenge who we are, how we respond to criminal dangers in our midst and, most confronting, what sort of nation we want to be....

Canadian Shooter Wasn't a 'Lone Wolf' - Josh Rogin, Bloomberg

Early reports indicate that Man Haron Monis, who was behind yesterday's deadly hostage crisis in Sydney, was an unbalanced man acting alone and not an agent of Islamic State,...

Sydney Siege and the Lone Wolf Copout - Seth Mandel, Commentary

The phenomenon of “lone-wolf” terrorism is vexing to policymakers because it is so hard to predict and prevent. But it also has too often provided an excuse–a way for the p...

America: Australia's Dangerous Ally - Malcolm Fraser, National Interest

It is time for Australia to end its strategic dependence on the United States. The relationship with America, which has long been regarded as beneficial, has now become dangerous...

Sydney Siege Could Last Days - The Australian

8.30pm: A press conference has been held to give updates on the Sydney siege at the Lindt Cafe in Martin Place. NSW Police Commissioner Andrew Scipione suggested that the siege cou...

5 People Escape Sydney Hostage Crisis - Kristen Gelineau, Associated Press

SYDNEY (AP) -- Five people escaped from a Sydney cafe where a gunman took an unknown number of hostages during Monday morning rush hour. Two people inside the cafe earlier held up ...

A Jihadi Holds Sydney Under Siege - Subramanian, Samuels & Allbritton, DB

Five hostages have escaped but more remain inside a café with a gunman, named as Man Haron Monis, who has raised a black Islamic flag....

Australia Gives a Lesson on Responding to Terror - Jordan Valinsky, Mic

In the midst of the ongoing hostage crisis in downtown Sydney, Australians are showing the world they're not caving to racism or Islamophobia....

Tony Abbott Mimicking His Labor Predecessor - Peter Hartcher, SMH

Tony Abbott chose the word "barnacles" very deliberately. He told his party-room meeting this week that "there are one or two barnacles still on the ship but by Christmas they will...

China Reaches Out for Allies - Peter Drysdale, East Asia Forum

Much energy has been expended on projecting the impact of the rise of Chinese economic power on its political and military might and the strategic contest with the United States. I...

Australia's Tough Immigration Policy Has Worked - The Australian

ON border protection, the Coalition’s critics have been consistently wrong. And they show no sign of letting up....

Russia's Sad Little Military Showboats - Alexander Golts, Moscow Times

Some define "militarism" as when political leaders prefer using military solutions for every problem they face, and two recent events have brought this idea to mind....

Australia Has Done Plenty on Climate Change - The Australian

Almost uniquely in the developed world, Australia has made this progress while expanding our population by 15 per cent (or more than 3 million) over the first decade of this centur...

Australia, Still the Adolescent Power - Roxanne Horton, The Diplomat

With the presidency of the G20 and a seat on the UN Security Council, it has been a significant year for Australia on the global stage. Its leadership of the G20 has, moreover, bee...

The Putin Bashing at G20 Was Juvenile - Leonid Bershidsky, Bloomberg

The West is stupidly providing Putin with this beneficial publicity at a moment when the falling price of oil, and the ruble devaluation that inevitably follows it, threaten his po...

Abbott Could Push Australia into Isolation - Joshua Keating, Slate

Going forward from this weekend’s meeting, it will be interesting to watch the degree to which the Australian government’s environmental policies, which are at odds wit...

Narendra Modi, the Once-Reviled Rock Star - Ben Doherty, The Guardian

Ostracised after the Godhra riots of 2002, the newly minted PM of the world’s largest democracy is the man other leaders are seeking out this week....

Who Will Pay When China Goes Bust? - Mark Whitehouse, Bloomberg View

It's hard to know how much of that money is used to finance the construction of buildings that won't be filled, excess steelmaking capacity or other misadventures. The BIS does kno...

Too Soon for Australia to Contribute More Against IS - The Australian

In the Middle East the nationalist rivalries, split tribes, contested creeds and power proxies all overlay the centuries-old fault line between Sunni and Shi’ite. So the terr...

Japan's Regional Outreach Is Bearing Fruit - Clint Richards, The Diplomat

While speaking at the presidential palace in the capital of Manila to Japanese reporters, Aquino outlined his desire to work more closely with Japan on matters of security, shortly...

Defeat Jihadism to Strengthen Muslim Community - The Australian

here is a tendency among some activists in Muslim communities to see attempts to tackle extremism as a dividing, rather than unifying, task. Ignoring the fact Muslims are most ofte...

Australian Troops Await Visas to Fight ISIS - Hartcher & Wroe, SMH

Prime Minister Tony Abbott six weeks ago announced a preparatory positioning of forces in the region. This made Australia the first country to commit troops to the international ef...

China Launches Its World Bank Alternative - Reuters

Australia, Indonesia and South Korea skipped the launch of a China-backed Asian infrastructure bank on Friday as the United States said it had concerns about the new rival to Weste...

Honoring the Father of Modern Australia - Sydney Morning Herald

Gough is dead. The enormity of those three words can never be overstated for any Australians who lived through his three-year prime ministership....

An Indonesian President to Break the Mold - Tom Clarke, The Australian

Joko Widodo, referred to almost universally within Indonesia as Jokowi, will be sworn in as the Republic’s seventh president today. The sense of hope and expectation he carries w...

Australia PM's Strong First Year on the World Stage - Michael Fullilove, SMH

Tony Abbott's promise to 'shirt front' Russian president Vladimir Putin has led critics to argue he is temperamentally unsuited to conducting foreign policy. In fact, he has made a...

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