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Grant Wyeth

Grant is a writer and political analyst. Combining his background in political philosophy and development theory, alongside his current work in the digital industry, has given him great insight into evolving human interaction, technological innovation, and economic intelligence. He is a dedicated fan of the Bangladesh and Afghanistan cricket teams, a lapsed indie music buff, an amateur linguistics nerd, and due to an extraordinary lack of interest from others, he is quite possibly Australia’s foremost authority on Canadian politics. He has previously lived in London, Montreal and a town in the Indian state of Kerala called Palakkad, but he currently lives in Melbourne where he is undertaking a Master of International Relations at the University of Melbourne. He tweets at @grantwyeth.

Australian Foreign Minister Island Hops Around the South Pacific
December 07, 2016
Australian Foreign Minister Island Hops Around the South Pacific
Julie Bishop will visit the Solomon Islands, Samoa, and Vanuatu over the course of two days.
Australian Foreign Minister Island Hops Around the South Pacific
Australian Politicians Settle on Backpacker Tax Compromise
November 30, 2016
Australian Politicians Settle on Backpacker Tax Compromise
Holiday visa holders will face a 15 percent tax, rather than a 32.5 percent tax; impact will take time to judge.
Australian Politicians Settle on Backpacker Tax Compromise
Australian Politicians Look to Ride Trump's Nativist Wave
November 17, 2016
Australian Politicians Look to Ride Trump's Nativist Wave
Putting "Australia First" by pushing to restrict high-skilled immigration could undermine Australia’s prosperity.
Australian Politicians Look to Ride Trump's Nativist Wave
After Trump Win, Australia Hopes for Stability in Relations With US
November 10, 2016
After Trump Win, Australia Hopes for Stability in Relations With US
Canberra is hoping that Trump will govern within the bounds of established norms that have served Australia well.
After Trump Win, Australia Hopes for Stability in Relations With US
Australian Government Proposes Visa Ban on Prior Asylum Seekers
October 31, 2016
Australian Government Proposes Visa Ban on Prior Asylum Seekers
The Coalition has long catered to far-right elements. The new legislation follows that trend.
Australian Government Proposes Visa Ban on Prior Asylum Seekers
From Phosphate Mining to Detention Centers: Nauru’s Destructive Fixes
October 18, 2016
From Phosphate Mining to Detention Centers: Nauru’s Destructive Fixes
The brutal irony is that without the current presence of displaced persons, Nauruans may become displaced themselves.
From Phosphate Mining to Detention Centers: Nauru’s Destructive Fixes
South Australia's Blackout Blame Game
October 05, 2016
South Australia's Blackout Blame Game
While some pointed to the switch to renewables as the cause, a preliminary report blames the state’s “skinny” grid.
South Australia's Blackout Blame Game
What to Make of China in the South Pacific?
September 29, 2016
What to Make of China in the South Pacific?
Long motivated by a recognition war with Taiwan, China's latest diplomacy in the region takes on a strategic tone.
What to Make of China in the South Pacific?
Turnbull’s No-Win Bind: Same Sex Marriage and Aussie Politicking
September 16, 2016
Turnbull’s No-Win Bind: Same Sex Marriage and Aussie Politicking
Despite strong public support for same sex marriage, ultra-conservatives in the Liberal Party demand a plebiscite.
Turnbull’s No-Win Bind: Same Sex Marriage and Aussie Politicking
'Small and Far': Pacific Island States Gather at Annual Forum
September 09, 2016
'Small and Far': Pacific Island States Gather at Annual Forum
The 16 states are meeting this week to discuss regional challenges, particularly climate change.
'Small and Far': Pacific Island States Gather at Annual Forum
How Australia and Timor-Leste Ended Up at The Hague in Arbitration
August 30, 2016
How Australia and Timor-Leste Ended Up at The Hague in Arbitration
Timor-Leste once agreed to let the maritime boundary question rest for 50 years. What changed?
How Australia and Timor-Leste Ended Up at The Hague in Arbitration
How Did Turnbull’s Double Dissolution Gamble Backfire?
August 09, 2016
How Did Turnbull’s Double Dissolution Gamble Backfire?
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s attempt to clear Parliament's crossbench of small parties and independents failed.
How Did Turnbull’s Double Dissolution Gamble Backfire?
Why Did Turnbull Decide Against Endorsing Rudd for UN Secretary General?
August 01, 2016
Why Did Turnbull Decide Against Endorsing Rudd for UN Secretary General?
Australia’s two major parties have usually demonstrated a solid bipartisan approach to international forums. No more.
Why Did Turnbull Decide Against Endorsing Rudd for UN Secretary General?
Teenagers Abused at Australian Youth Detention Center
July 26, 2016
Teenagers Abused at Australian Youth Detention Center
The Northern Territory has the highest rate of youth detention in Australia. Inquiry needs to ask why.
Teenagers Abused at Australian Youth Detention Center
Urbanization and The Greens of Melbourne
July 13, 2016
Urbanization and The Greens of Melbourne
The Greens have consolidated in Australia’s “cool” city, but hold a deep suspicion of the urban development that keeps it that way.
Urbanization and The Greens of Melbourne
Australia Voted for a Stalemate
July 06, 2016
Australia Voted for a Stalemate
With counting ongoing, a chain of events has been set in motion that could dramatically reshape Australia’s politics.
Australia Voted for a Stalemate
Why Is Immigration a Non-Issue in Australia's Election?
June 28, 2016
Why Is Immigration a Non-Issue in Australia's Election?
Beyond a hardline stance toward asylum seekers, the broader issue of immigration is not a prominent electoral concern.
Why Is Immigration a Non-Issue in Australia's Election?
Much Ado About Malcolm
June 28, 2016
Much Ado About Malcolm
Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is far from the transformational figure he hoped to be.
Much Ado About Malcolm
Australia's Many Small Parties Help Disburse Discontent
June 14, 2016
Australia's Many Small Parties Help Disburse Discontent
A vibrant array of minor parties provides a release valve for discontent in Australia.
Australia's Many Small Parties Help Disburse Discontent
Police in Papua New Guinea Shoot at Student Protesters
June 08, 2016
Police in Papua New Guinea Shoot at Student Protesters
Public sentiment and student fervor focused on allegations that Prime Minister Peter O’Neill is corrupt have begun to merge.
Police in Papua New Guinea Shoot at Student Protesters
Election Campaigning Highlights Northern Australia’s Potential
May 31, 2016
Election Campaigning Highlights Northern Australia’s Potential
Developing the northern region of Australia would be a significant pivot toward Southeast Asia as a major market.
Election Campaigning Highlights Northern Australia’s Potential
Auckland's Skyrocketing Housing Prices Are More Than a Demand Problem
May 26, 2016
Auckland's Skyrocketing Housing Prices Are More Than a Demand Problem
There are strong policy encouragements to restrict supply, contributing to skyrocketing prices.
Auckland's Skyrocketing Housing Prices Are More Than a Demand Problem
South Australia Ponders Hosting a Nuclear Waste Storage Facility
May 10, 2016
South Australia Ponders Hosting a Nuclear Waste Storage Facility
Such a facility would mean revenue for the state, but comes with serious public relations hurdles.
South Australia Ponders Hosting a Nuclear Waste Storage Facility
Does Australia Lack Commitment to Building Up Its Cities?
May 05, 2016
Does Australia Lack Commitment to Building Up Its Cities?
Victoria state received a disproportionately low amount of infrastructure funding in the latest budget.
Does Australia Lack Commitment to Building Up Its Cities?
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