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Asians passengers in Morrison strategy

The decline in our ties with Asia, that began under John Howard, has accelerated alarmingly under the Morrison government, Bruce Haigh argues the clumsy retreat will cost Australia dearly. 30 December 2021 | Bruce Haigh, Pearls […]

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Australia did not invent democracy

Winston Churchill famously said, “Democracy is the worst form of government except for all those other forms that have been tried.” For western nations it is clearly the best of some pretty poor options, yet […]

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ASPI: Drumming up business

Having just revealed it raked in a record $16 million in cash last financial year the Australian Strategic Policy Institute is apparently making good by marching to the beat of its new Defence Minister Peter […]

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Turning social media on society

Inspired by the Arab Spring, Manal al-Sharif used social media to start and lead movements. In the second of two articles, the Saudi-born cybersecurity expert and human rights activist examines how her home country uses […]

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Diplomacy by Australian means

19th Century Prussian general, Carl von Clausewitz called war “the continuation of politics by other means.” With the enthusiastic blessing of his God-fearing prime minister, Defence Minister Peter Dutton has sidelined the diplomats and put […]

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Failure to legislate

Public policy making is failing in Australia, “Yes Minister” was once code for senior civil servants to implement policies, now it’s code for the bureaucracy to remember they are political servants not public servants 16 […]

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Morrison spins as Paris burns

Our prime minister’s decision to humiliate the French President and then cast Emmanuel Macron’s response as a ‘sledge’ on all Australians is a ploy straight out of the Donald Trump playbook; but, Bruce Haigh writes, […]

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Keating faces off against “Grand Insulters”

As former Prime Minister Paul Keating addressed the National Press Club, failed prime ministerial candidate Peter Dutton—who was rejected by his own parliamentary party room—took to Twitter labelling Keating “dear leader” and “Grand Appeaser Comrade […]

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Caged community

The Lowy Institute’s latest report, “Lines Blurred: Chinese Community Organisations in Australia”, does more to fence in the Chinese community than it does to liberate them from suspicion and institutional bias for which there is […]

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Cop that China!

With European leaders questioning the integrity of Australia’s leader on strategic issues, Nury Vittachi says the mainstream media has stepped up to once again put China in its place as the world’s biggest environmental villain […]

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Who is following ASPI?

The Australian Strategic Policy Institute has more than 100,000 social media followers yet averages around only ten engagements per post. Is its online engagement real or just another piece of weapons maker and foreign government-funded […]

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Nuclear option on Pacific diplomacy

Pacific nations have long-standing reasons to be wary of all things nuclear. Max Hayton examines the Australian government high-handedly joining a deal to send nuclear-powered submarines patrolling the region, without consulting our Pacific neighbours. 27 […]

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ASPI now officially annoying

In keeping with its claims of “independence” the cashed up Australian Strategic Policy Institute decides it is best placed to write its own history 26 October 2021 | Marcus Reubenstein Winston Churchill, whose once mighty […]

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Australia’s “unlucky” prejudice

In 1964, when Donald Horne wrote the immortal words “The Lucky Country” it was not a compliment, it was meant as a wake-up call to Australians about misguided national attitudes and our place in this […]

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AUKUS: The “McAlliance”

The AUKUS pact may have strategic merits but US culture, investment and its brands already abound across China. Kerry Brown asks, in its current form, is this Anglo-centric trilateral pact a united front or mainly […]