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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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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...(full article)

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

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Australia's Migrant Tide - Washington Times

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

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

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

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?...

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...

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