Australia

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-US  Immigration Deal is “One-off”

Despite evident dangers, irregular maritime migration through Southeast Asia tripled between 2012 and 2014, with countless people dying. Often, rather than finding refuge, these people are sold into sex slavery...

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...

Australia and the Cringe Mentality

Australia says and does most of the right things to please its US and Japanese allies and friends in Southeast Asia when it comes to South China Sea issues. But Chinese money and a new version of Australia’s lo...
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Opinion: Sydney Siege: Why Didn’t the Snipers Shoot?

The Sydney siege at the Lindt Chocolate Café in Martin Place ended in the early hours of Dec. 15 with 3 fatalities and 3 injured. But why did it have to conclude with any fatalities besides that of the gunman? ...
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Professor as Pretender

There is a crisis in a widely misconstrued world academia in which the hierarchy in which the professorial class needs to be restructured to be able to lead into the next century. The perceptions of what a prof...
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Can Climate Change Hurt Your Health?

The Australian Academy of Science has gathered 60 researchers who seek to investigate concerns about climate change as it relates to public health. The main purpose of the newly formed think-tank is to influenc...
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Religious Leaders Seek to Cope with AIDS

For believers, religious faith has a paramount influence on their lives. At the 20th International AIDS Conference, during the inter-faith session the message from different religious leaders was that homophobi...
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The Right to Free Speech in Australia

Australia is caught in a dialogue of the deaf over words that are construed to display prejudice or harm. Attorney-General George Brandis has released a draft "Freedom of Speech Bill" which would remove referen...
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Australia’s Aging Tsunami

Although the focus on aging across Asia is on countries like Japan, Singapore and China, Australia, regarded as a land of the young, is aging as fast as any, and its care for its elderly approaches a national d...