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Police standby as protesters gather outside the annual general meeting for Transfield at the Sydney mint on October 28, 2015. Image by AFP

Detention centres and Transfield

29 October 2015

Companies like Transfield are under attack for running offshore migration detention centres, but they are the wrong target, argues Carly Gordyn.Incidents of asylum seeker self-harm occur roughly ...

Taiwan President Ma Ying-jeou (centre L) and his wife Chow Mei-ching (centre R) during a National Day ceremony in front of the presidential palace in Taipei on October 10, 2015. Image by AFP.

Taiwan's election result could push US and China closer to conflict

27 October 2015

 With tensions over Taiwan rising, Australia might have to ask itself a tough question, writes Hugh White. Things in the South China Sea look dangerous enough, but worse might be coming. On January...

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Politics podcast: John Blaxland on his new book, The Official History of ASIO

27 October 2015

Michelle Grattan discusses the newly released book The Protest Years: The Official History of ASIO 1963-1975 with its author, John Blaxland. Among several controversies, they review the evidence...

Holding a flare to mark amphibious landing. Image from Flickr, courtesy of the Australian Defence Force.

The bigger challenge for the ADF’s amphibious capability

21 October 2015

Peter Dean and Ken Gleiman’s recent paper Beyond 2017: the Australian Defence Force and amphibious warfare is undoubtedly timely: first, because policy that will shape important decisions to be made...

Photo: US Navy/Flickr

Sea change

19 October 2015

As China island-hops its way across the South China Sea, should Australia be concerned about Beijing's land reclamation activities? And should we be encouraging the US to take a tougher line,...

Source: Canberra Times

Wave of rhetoric on South China Sea sets dangerous tone

15 October 2015

As China island-hops its way across the South China Sea, should Australia be concerned about Beijing’s land reclamation activities? And should we be encouraging the US to take a tougher line,...

Photo: Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (Flickr)

Turnbull: any implications for Indonesia?

1 October 2015

After a dramatic leadership spill within the Liberal Party of Australia on Monday, Malcolm Turnbull was elected to replace Tony Abbott as the new Australian prime minister. Whereas Abbott was the...

Source: AAP

Australia needs a diplomatic sea change in the South China Sea

24 June 2015

Despite its calls for ‘more Jakarta and less Geneva’, the Abbott government appears to have fallen into a passive approach to multilateral diplomacy. And as tensions in the South China Sea ratchet up...

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