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 government does remarkably little about it.  The pub... Read More...

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... Read More...

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 to be seen by foreign investors as a safe location... Read More...

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... Read More...

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... Read More...
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No Extradition for Mongolian Woman’s Killer: Australia

The Australian government will not extradite Corporal Sirul Azahar Umar, who was sentenced to hang by Malaysia’s highest court Monday for the murder of Mongolian national Altantuya Shaariibuu in October of 2006, turning down a request from Malaysian police. ... Read More...