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Australian Economist Jailed in Myanmar Applauded in Parliament
December 02, 2022

Australian Economist Jailed in Myanmar Applauded in Parliament

By Rod McGuirk
Sean Turnell, 58, was arrested shortly after the February 2021 coup and spent more than 600 days in prison.

Liberal Party Losses Grow With Victoria Elections
November 28, 2022

Liberal Party Losses Grow With Victoria Elections

By Grant Wyeth
The result confirmed that the Labor Party’s chief rival, the Liberal Party, is now deeply unpopular in the state.
Detangling Semantics: Has Australia Really Been ‘Hawkish’ on China?
November 25, 2022

Detangling Semantics: Has Australia Really Been ‘Hawkish’ on China?

By Grant Wyeth
To resist bullying is only “hawkish” if you sympathize with the bullies.

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. 

The Mending Australia-China Relationship: Powered by Lithium?
November 18, 2022

The Mending Australia-China Relationship: Powered by Lithium?

By Corey Lee Bell, Elena Collinson, and Xunpeng Shi
As other liberal democracies lock down supplies, Australia’s lithium exports are an increasingly critical economic component of the Australia-China relationship.

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. 

America’s Pacific Island Summit: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly
November 09, 2022

America’s Pacific Island Summit: The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

By Derek Grossman
The landmark meeting encapsulated both the strengths and weaknesses of U.S. strategy in the region.

Australia Plays Down US B-52 Bomber Plan Condemned by China
November 03, 2022

Australia Plays Down US B-52 Bomber Plan Condemned by China

By Rod McGuirk
Defense Minister Richard Marles said “everyone needs to take a deep breath” after China condemned U.S. plans to deploy up to six of the long-range bombers in Australia.
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.

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