Australia

Australia and a US–China Trade War

It’s time for Australia to get ready for a trade war between the United States and China. Our security alliance partner looks set to pick a fight with our biggest customer. And all this on the back of the US...

Economic Outlook 2017: Australia

The year 2016 was one of red flags for the Australian economy. The mining industry boom is long past and Australia has been struggling to rebalance and attract investment into new industries. After 25 years ...

Asia in 2016: Australia

After a decade of political instability in Australia – the prime-ministership has changed hands five times since 2007 – last year might have brought a dose of normality to the country’s national affairs. Instea...

Australia Foreign Debt Reaches Crisis Proportions

Australia’s net foreign debt has just passed the A$1 trillion mark, roughly 60 percent of the nation’s gross domestic product. Alarm bells should be ringing somewhere, but somehow the “lucky country” continues ...

A New Global ‘Patrimonial’ Art Emerges

Today’s art world is a well-mapped-out universe consisting of a few thousand leading galleries, museums, a few hundred influential curators and art fair organizers, writers and critics, wealthy collectors a...
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Economic Gloom for Australia?

On many levels, Australia is one of the most expensive places in the world to live in. With over 750,000 people unemployed and rising, a potential bout of inflation through the depreciating Australian dollar ...
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China Games the Iron Ore Market

Recent gyrations in the price of iron ore, Australia’s biggest income earner, appear to be inexplicable. However, the fall in ore prices means the government could lose as much as A$25 billion in royalties over...
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Australia ‘Gags’ a Massive Banknote Scandal

The Australian government has issued an unprecedented blanket gag order prohibiting anyone in Australia from reporting the names of the current or past leaders of Indonesia, Malaysia or Vietnam “or their relati...
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Australia’s Abbott Turns Chainsaws Loose on Tasmania

Australia’s Prime Minister Tony Abbott set the cat among the pigeons -- or the chainsaw among the trees – on March 4 when, speaking at a forestry industry dinner, he said Australia had “too much” protected fore...
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Natural Building: Community Game Changer

Even though many buildings constructed of natural materials, particularly earth, have stood the test of time, the use of these materials almost completely disappeared during the 20th Century. This occurred due ...