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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...(full article)

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,...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

Tony Abbott's proposed security measures are not making Australians feel any safer....(full article)

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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?...

California's Future Is in Australia - Bloomberg View

California's worst-in-a-century drought is forcing the state to impose strict limits on water use and to consider increasingly elaborate and expensive proposals to move water from ...

China Acknowledges an Industrial Woe - Adam Minter, Bloomberg View

A dramatic shift for the Chinese government, which controls much of the steel industry and has a long history, dating back to Mao Zedong, of subsidizing its expansion and bragging ...

Will Australia Hold an Election This Year? - M. Grattan, The Conversation

As a means of self-protection for Abbott, it lacks a certain logic. If things had got so dire, he’d probably lose the election. Then he would go down in Liberal history as a ...

Lessons for Australia from Britain's Vote - Peter Brent, The Australian

The UK general election has delivered a majority in the House of Commons for the Conservative Party on its own. This was a big surprise, probably, to every person who followed the ...

The Heavy Scrutiny Female Diplomats Must Face - H. Sterling, Ott. Citizen

Anyone who seriously believes women in positions of power face the exact same challenges as male counterparts should tell that to the female foreign ministers of Sweden and Austral...

Inspiring a Stronger, Better Australia - Paul Kelly, The Australian

The dawn light just after 6am on Saturday revealed the largest Australian influx to this shore since April 25, 1915, spilling over the reaches of North Beach and around the natural...

Tasmanian Judges Took Wrong Oath for 30 Years - J Pearlman, Telegraph

The island state of Tasmania insists court decisions for the past 30 years will remain valid after discovering judicial officers must be sworn in before the Queen's representative ...

Reform Australia's Senate - Sydney Morning Herald

The need to change how senators are elected is more pressing than ever. Without rapid action, voters will face another lottery at the election due next year. Then they will have to...

Let's Create a Trans-Tasman Currency - Adam Creighton

Europe's economic woes have given currency unions a bad name. But almost all of the time, they should be encouraged. Indeed it is far from clear the euro area has been a failure, g...

Malcolm Fraser's Laudable Legacy - Sydney Morning Herald

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

A New Vision for China-Australia Relations - S. Harris, East Asia Forum

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...

Australia Needs New Approach to Defense - Peter Layton, Lowy Interpreter

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...

Toward a New Australian Security - Rory Medcalf

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

Tony Abbott's Shameful Turn - Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald

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....

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....

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