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Ahead of COP26, Australia’s PM Tries to Sell His 2050 Net Zero Emissions Target at Home
October 19, 2021

Ahead of COP26, Australia’s PM Tries to Sell His 2050 Net Zero Emissions Target at Home

By Rod McGuirk
Prime Minister Scott Morrison argued that technology – not carbon taxing – is the best way to achieve the climate target.

What’s the Real Cost of Papua New Guinea’s Palm Oil?
October 18, 2021

What’s the Real Cost of Papua New Guinea’s Palm Oil?

By Joshua Mcdonald
A new report claims that palm oil executives in PNG have bribed officials, paid police to brutalize villagers, used child labor, and participated in an apparent tax evasion scheme.
Tony Abbott in Taiwan: An Imperfect Messenger 
October 14, 2021

Tony Abbott in Taiwan: An Imperfect Messenger 

By Grant Wyeth
Abbott’s visit may have been counterproductive both for Taiwan itself and for Taiwan’s support in Australia.

Will Beijing’s Behavior Bring Australia and Canada Closer?
October 11, 2021

Will Beijing’s Behavior Bring Australia and Canada Closer?

By Philip Citowicki and John Blaxland
The two "strategic cousins" could grow closer as a result of their shared frictions with an increasingly assertive China.

AUKUS, Australia, and the Importance of Trust in Foreign Policy
October 07, 2021

AUKUS, Australia, and the Importance of Trust in Foreign Policy

By Grant Wyeth
Former Australian Prime Minister Turnbull put it well: “If we want to have influence in our region we must be trusted. Our word must be our bond.”

Court Lifts Secrecy in Alleged Australian Espionage Trial
October 06, 2021

Court Lifts Secrecy in Alleged Australian Espionage Trial

By Rod McGuirk
An Australian spy’s lawyer stands accused of conspiring with his client to communicate information to East Timor about an espionage operation.

Australia Won’t Welcome Foreign Tourists Until at Least 2022
October 06, 2021

Australia Won’t Welcome Foreign Tourists Until at Least 2022

By Rod McGuirk
Australia will slowly start to reopen its borders to skilled migrants and international students. Tourists will have to keep waiting.
Australia-EU Trade Talks Delayed Amid Submarine Deal Fallout
October 02, 2021

Australia-EU Trade Talks Delayed Amid Submarine Deal Fallout

By Samuel Petrequin
An EU official said the submarine row played a role in the decision to delay this month’s talks but insisted a deal was not ready to be sealed in any case

Melbourne Protests and the Disinformation Wars in Australia
September 30, 2021

Melbourne Protests and the Disinformation Wars in Australia

By Grant Wyeth
The violent protests prove that Australia shouldn’t be complacent about the effect of misinformation and disinformation on the country’s social stability.

Australia’s Daintree Rainforest Returned to Indigenous Owners
September 29, 2021

Australia’s Daintree Rainforest Returned to Indigenous Owners

By Associated Press
The World Heritage-listed Daintree Rainforest is among four national parks to be handed back to the Eastern Kuku Yalanji people.

The Myth of ‘Spheres of Influence’ in the Pacific Region
September 29, 2021

The Myth of ‘Spheres of Influence’ in the Pacific Region

By Sasha Davis
How a faulty geographical mindset is leading policymakers astray in the region.
Sydney Think Tank Says China Less Generous Toward Pacific
September 28, 2021

Sydney Think Tank Says China Less Generous Toward Pacific

By Rod McGuirk
Chinese aid to the Pacific shrank by 31 percent in 2019 to $169 million, the Lowy Institute said.

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