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2 State Governments in Australia Block UN Visits to Prisons
November 19, 2022

2 State Governments in Australia Block UN Visits to Prisons

By Dechlan Brennan
The gap between how human rights groups view incarcerated people, and how governments in Australia view them, continues to be wide. 

Where is Bougainville on the Path to Independence?
November 17, 2022

Where is Bougainville on the Path to Independence?

By Dechlan Brennan
After seeing overwhelming support for Bougainville independence in a 2019 referendum, there is some frustration over perceived foot-dragging by PNG.
Australian PM Raises Trade ‘Blockages’ in Meeting With China’s Xi
November 16, 2022

Australian PM Raises Trade ‘Blockages’ in Meeting With China’s Xi

By Niniek Karmini and Rod McGuirk
Anthony Albanese described his first in-person meeting with Xi Jinping as “successful” and “positive.”

Jacinda Ardern’s Asia Trip Rekindles New Zealand’s Independent Foreign Policy
November 14, 2022

Jacinda Ardern’s Asia Trip Rekindles New Zealand’s Independent Foreign Policy

By Geoffrey Miller
New Zealand’s independent foreign policy is back. That’s a key underlying message from Jacinda Ardern’s trip this week to Southeast Asia.

The Case for Pursing Trilingualism in Australia
November 11, 2022

The Case for Pursing Trilingualism in Australia

By Grant Wyeth
It may be a massive leap for Australia to jump beyond its current linguistic lassitude, but the increasingly difficult strategic terrain requires Canberra to think big and be bold. 

Is It Time for Jacinda Ardern to Head to the Middle East?
October 31, 2022

Is It Time for Jacinda Ardern to Head to the Middle East?

By Geoffrey Miller
Since becoming New Zealand’s prime minister, she has not attended a U.N. climate change conference, or visited the Middle East. She could do both by traveling to Egypt later this month.

Australian Health Insurer Says Data of All Customers Hacked
October 26, 2022

Australian Health Insurer Says Data of All Customers Hacked

By Rod McGuirk
The Medibank hack, impacting 4 million people, was the latest in a string of high-profile data breaches involving Australian firms.
Murder of Indigenous Teenager in Western Australia Brings Despair, Deja Vu
October 26, 2022

Murder of Indigenous Teenager in Western Australia Brings Despair, Deja Vu

By Dechlan Brennan
The murder of 15-year-old Cassius Turvey is not just a tragedy; “sadly, it is a pattern.”

Cricket Brings out Melbourne’s Vibrant South Asian Community
October 24, 2022

Cricket Brings out Melbourne’s Vibrant South Asian Community

By Grant Wyeth
Over 90,000 people packed into the Melbourne Cricket Ground to watch a cricket game between India and Pakistan.

Australia No Longer Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital
October 21, 2022

Australia No Longer Recognizes Jerusalem as Israel’s Capital

By Dechlan Brennan
The move to overturn the Morrison government's 2018 decision angered Zionist groups but was cheered by Australian Palestinians.

The Power of Australia’s Pleasantly Boring Politics
October 18, 2022

The Power of Australia’s Pleasantly Boring Politics

By Grant Wyeth
It turns out the protection of liberal democracy doesn't need to be passionate and stirring; it may instead just need to be temperate and competent. 

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