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The Waning Health of US Democracy Is a Poignant Reminder for Australia
September 24, 2020

The Waning Health of US Democracy Is a Poignant Reminder for Australia

By Philip Citowicki
With alarm bells ringing across the Pacific, Australia must act quickly to reform its own political environment – before it’s too late.

The Case of Cheng Lei: China Blurring the Lines of Ethnicity and Citizenship
September 24, 2020

The Case of Cheng Lei: China Blurring the Lines of Ethnicity and Citizenship

By Grant Wyeth
China has effectively created a Schrödinger’s Chinese Australian, where a person’s nationality is simultaneously Australian and Chinese depending on which serves the CCP’s purposes. 
New Zealand’s Defense Ministry Sizes Up the International Security Environment
September 22, 2020

New Zealand’s Defense Ministry Sizes Up the International Security Environment

By Nicholas Dynon
Its Statement of Intent 2020-2024 provides an assessment of the country’s security environment – with COVID-19 thrown in the mix.

Australia Enters First Recession Since 1991
September 14, 2020

Australia Enters First Recession Since 1991

By Joshua Mcdonald
After almost three decades of uninterrupted economic growth, Australia’s luck has run out thanks to the COVID-19 pandemic.

How China and Taiwan Became ‘Pawns’ in Solomon Islands’ Internal Dispute
September 09, 2020

How China and Taiwan Became ‘Pawns’ in Solomon Islands’ Internal Dispute

By Grant Wyeth
The question of recognizing China vs. Taiwan has been weaponized in a long-standing dispute between Malaita and the central Solomon Islands government.

As Australia Recognizes a China Problem Its Civil Society Joins the Fight
September 09, 2020

As Australia Recognizes a China Problem Its Civil Society Joins the Fight

By Abhijnan Rej
A recent report suggests the country’s security services are cracking down on Chinese interference operations.

Despite Pandemic and Border Closures, Drug Smugglers Try to Reach Australian Shores
September 04, 2020

Despite Pandemic and Border Closures, Drug Smugglers Try to Reach Australian Shores

By Joshua Mcdonald
COVID-19 has seen drug prices jump even higher, making Australia a lucrative market if smugglers can reach it.
New Australian Foreign Policy Legislation Stresses Consistency
August 31, 2020

New Australian Foreign Policy Legislation Stresses Consistency

By Grant Wyeth
Canberra is set to introduce legislation giving the federal government a veto over state and territory deals with foreign governments. 

Australia’s Aged Care Facilities Have Failed Amid the Pandemic
August 29, 2020

Australia’s Aged Care Facilities Have Failed Amid the Pandemic

By Joshua Mcdonald
As recent testimonies to a royal commission demonstrate, the Australian government has poorly managed the pandemic in aged care facilities.

US Defense Secretary Esper Visits Tiny Palau, Highlighting US-China Competition
August 27, 2020

US Defense Secretary Esper Visits Tiny Palau, Highlighting US-China Competition

By Associated Press
The island nation is an example of the battleground on which the United States and China are pursuing a "great power" competition for global influence.

New Zealand Mosque Shooter Won’t Speak at Court Sentencing
August 26, 2020

New Zealand Mosque Shooter Won’t Speak at Court Sentencing

By Associated Press
Over the first three days of the hearing, 90 survivors and family members told the judge about the pain and aftermath of the attacks.
Australia to Open Travel Corridor for Seasonal Workers
August 24, 2020

Australia to Open Travel Corridor for Seasonal Workers

By Joshua Mcdonald
With borders still closed, the Australian agriculture industry is facing a looming summer shortage of workers. 

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