Australia

Spies and the Australian Public Service

With Australia positioned uniquely in Asia but with its roots in the west, the government’s civil service – the Australian Public Service (APS) – seems extremely vulnerable to foreign infiltration and the gover...

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...

China Finds a Friend in Australia

Chinese influence in Australia is growing across a broad front, from political donations to Confucius Institute teachings in primary schools and university institutes funded from Beijing. These continuing effor...
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Oz Premier Abbott Goes Tone-Deaf at G20 Meeting

According to the fable, the spider said to the fly, “Welcome to my parlor” and then made a feast of the fly.  On Monday in Australia’s national capital, Canberra, we saw a totally different reenactment of the f...
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Putin Calls Oz Leader Abbott’s Bluff

Russian President Vladimir Putin has turned back the clock to the 1930s by using an updated form of “gunboat diplomacy” to ridicule and humiliate Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott in a major international d...
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Australia’s Sticky Plastic Money Trail

The Australian government’s efforts to contain the regional political fallout from the country’s first big foreign bribery trial has boomeranged, with Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono demanding to ...
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Aussie Mining Billionaire May not be a Buffoon

Australian mining billionaire and self-funded politician Clive Palmer is best known for his clownish personality. But as the ruling coalition sinks in the polls and the eponymous Palmer United Party is set to h...
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Oz’s Abbott Crosses Indonesia Again

Australian foreign policy is in disarray with Prime Minister Tony Abbott again having infuriated Indonesia. At the same time, some Australian business groups are seeking to set their own foreign agenda to manip...
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PM Abbott Takes Oz Back to Year Zero

The appointment of former Liberal Party member and conservative Tim Wilson to the Australian Human Rights Commission has been met with justifiable skepticism from the general public, considering he recently sai...