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Why Australia's Carbon Tax Bombed

Margaret Wente, Globe and Mail

American Delusions Down Under

Joseph Stiglitz, Project Syndicate

In a changing Asia, not even steadfast allies like Australia can afford to put all their eggs in the alliance basket. Thus in a new research paper, we argued that it is time for n...(full article)

When Australia repealed its carbon tax last week, environmentalists around the world rent their garments and beat their breasts. “We are taking a monumentally reckless backward l...(full article)

Rapid and precise responses are demanded – but publicly displaying genuine empathy and leading public grieving is just as critical for world leaders, including Tony Abbott....(full article)

The demand was there, and the political class responded. Both Howard and Rudd went to the 2007 election committed to introducing an emissions trading scheme. By 2008 more than 70 p...(full article)

Australia should be proud of its successes, from which the rest of the world can learn a great deal. It would be a shame if a misunderstanding of what has happened in the US, combi...(full article)

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When Islam Came to Australia - Janak Rogers, BBC Magazine

Few Australians are aware that the country's Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples had regular contact with foreign Muslims long before the arrival of Christian colonisers....

Old Allies, United Anew - President Obama & PM Abbott, The Australian

LAST week, at the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings at Normandy, we remembered how Australian airmen flew overhead as Americans and allied forces surged ashore with extraordin...

The Rise and Fall of Australian Slang - Jon Donnison, BBC News

Australians have long been famed for their rich and varied vocabulary of slang expressions, but experts say a new generation of Australians is coining fewer of them and borrowing m...

A Striking Moment of Moral Clarity - Jerusalem Post

It was a remarkable moment of moral clarity, and it came at a low point in international diplomacy....

What U.S. Jews Can Learn from Australian Jews - Peter Beinart, Haaretz

Too many wealthy American Jews would rather fund Holocaust museums to memorialize the Jewish past than schools to safeguard the Jewish future. Australia’s Jews know how to do...

Australian Politics: Definitely NSFW - Lyn Eyb, Global Post

You see, Australian politics is a rowdy game. Like the people they represent, Australian “pollies” (as we Australians call them) are seldom shy when it comes to getting...

The United States of Australia - Warwick Smith, The Guardian

In terms of social and economic policy Australia has, for the last 40 years or so, sat somewhere between the free market individualist policies of the Unites States and the social ...

Australia in Danger of Being Europeanized - Greg Sheridan, Australian

In all our history, the thing that has set Australia apart from its region is its European identity. Now, our European political culture may have grown so profligate and internally...

Australia's Crystal Meth Problem - Terry Goldsworthy, The Conversation

The 2012-13 Australian Crime Commission (ACC) Illicit Drug Data Report, released earlier this week, provides mounting evidence that crystal meth is becoming a large-scale problem f...

Chinese Spies Keep Eye on Leading Universities - John Garnaut, SM Herald

China is building large covert spy networks inside Australia's leading universities, prompting Australia to strengthen its counter-intelligence capabilities. Chinese intelligence ...

Australia's War on Science - Lyn Eyb, Global Post

Scientists here in Australia say they've discovered their foe: Prime Minister Tony Abbott. Since he came to power in September, some of Australia's finest researchers point out th...

Is Australia Embracing the Monarchy Again? - Jon Pearlman, Telegraph

Back in the days when an Australian leader brazenly put his hand on the Queen’s back and a royal visit was dismissed by the media as “an image fading”, the so-called “capti...

It's Time for a Larger Australia - Michael Fullilove, The National Interest

One of the most pernicious clichés in my field is the claim that “Australia punches above its weight.” It’s meant to be a compliment, but it’s inaccurate and demeaning....

More British Than Britain - Simon Heffer, The Spectator

The British government these days certainly does take the Commonwealth seriously. This may be partly an effect of the mounting disillusion with Europe, but it is also because of a ...

Australia and China: Now What? - Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald

The Chinese government was unhappy with Australia's new Prime Minister: Tony Abbott in October had embraced its great rival Japan as "Australia's best friend in Asia"....

Thatcher's Children Have Their Hands Full - Jeffrey Simpson, Globe & Mail

Today, the conservative Anglosphere world is a deeply populist one, suspicious of government and people who work for it, angry at secular elites, not particularly partial to big bu...

Indonesia's Growing Maritime Disputes - Scott Cheney-Peters, Diplomat

Indonesia has had a rocky couple of weeks in its relations with its neighbors. While Ted Piccone and Bimo Yusman wrote last week about Indonesia’s decade of qualified diplomatic...

Australia Poised to Bungee Jump into Pitfalls - Peter Hartcher, SM Herald

This runt of a country has not suffered a recession in 22 years, a unique accomplishment among the developed nations. It has now prospered its way through two US recessions, a seri...

A Frantic Year in Australian Politics - Mark Kenny, Sydney Morning H'ld

The same December night General Motors signed the death warrant of Holden, one of Tony Abbott's most senior ministers went looking for love. While thousands of auto workers began c...

2013 a Terrible Year for Global LGBT Rights - J. Lester Feder, BuzzFeed

“Australia, India, Uganda, Russia, and now [Nigeria] — great year in the US, but globally? Turning out to be one of the worst,” summed up one international LGBT issues expert...

Australia Talks Tough to China - Brendan O'Reilly, Asia Times

Diplomatic rhetoric is nevertheless important. If Australia chooses to remain America's sheriff and Japan's best friend, it may find its relationship strained with an ever more eco...

Same-Sex Marriage: One Step Forward, Two Steps Back - The Guardian

Evolution of marriage continues in England and Wales but hits brick wall in India and Australia....

Australia Grapples with Cost of Aging - Michael Madigan, Winnipeg FP

For Mum there's no chance of a return to the legal secretarial work in which she started her working life 65 years ago. But while it's permissible for me to make sly fun of her cho...

Slavery Isn't a Thing of the Past - Nicholas Kristof, New York Times

It’s terrific that, in the 21st century, we can squarely face 19th-century slavery. But let’s also acknowledge the modern versions of slavery in the world around us -- ...

Will Wildfires Burn Abbott's Climate Policies? - Geoffrey Lean, Telegraph

Is nature trying to tell Tony Abbott something? No sooner had the new Australian Prime Minister started to dismantle the last government's policies for reducing carbon emissions,...

Naive West Has Little to Show for Afghan War - SM Herald

Afghanistan is part of a disturbing mosaic that also includes Pakistan, Iran, Iraq, Bahrain, Syria, Lebanon, Egypt, Yemen, Libya, Algeria, Mali, Sudan, Somalia, Nigeria, the West B...

The Purpose of U.S.-Japan-Australia - J. Berkshire Miller, The Diplomat

Effective trilateral cooperation is never a simple endeavor. Indeed, achieving a worthwhile set of common strategic objectives is difficult enough between two states, let alone t...

Abbott's Softly, Softly Asia Approach Pays Off - Greg Sheridan, Australian

Tony Abbott's tour to Southeast Asia this week was immensely important. It announced an Australian pivot to Asia, to match, or more than match, the US pivot. Like the US pivot it ...

Australia's Abbott Off to a Rough Start Abroad - Hugh White, SM Herald

Abbott has made two mistakes common among domestically oriented politicians when high office thrusts them into foreign affairs. One is to think that diplomacy means avoiding disagr...

Australia's Abbott Faces China Test - Paul Kelly, The Australian

TONY Abbott's dual visits to Asia pose dramatic tests for his ambitions - his China policy now hinges completely on defeating the populist right wing at home and his strategic poli...

The Geopolitics of Australia - James Holmes, The Diplomat

To travel in the Asia-Pacific is to reacquaint yourself with geography. Case in point: Australia. For Americans, Australia is Foster's, throwing meat on the barbie (a term I haven'...

Can Australia Get the G20 Back on Track? - Stein & Vassilev, The Diplomat

The recent summit was dysfunctional. As the chair for 2014, Australia is well positioned to refocus the group....

Abbott Won't Be America's Poodle - Sam Roggeveen, Spectator

He has been compared in the British press to George W. Bush. He was once described by the US ambassador to Australia in a cable to Washington as ‘a polarising right-winger&rs...

Cautious First Steps for Tony Abbott - Greg Sheridan, The Australian

Tony Abbott was presented with foreign policy problems from Washington, Jakarta and Port Moresby this week. Luckily for him, in the short term they are all small problems. But they...

Scorched-Earth Politics, Abbott Style - Peter Hartcher, SM Herald

Tony Abbott is promising again and again that he will lead a “methodical, measured, calm” government. But he’s overlooking something. He’s just finished wri...

Australia's Election and the Asia Pivot - James Brown, RealClearDefense

Australia currently spends 1.6% of GDP on defense, down from an average of 1.9% during the last decade. This decrease resulted from decisions by the last government to reduce the d...

Australia, Welcome Back to the Anglosphere - Daniel Hannan, Telegraph

Now that it can no longer damage Tony Abbott's electoral prospects, here's my favourite photograph of Oz's new leader, taken at an IPA event in Melbourne last year. It's a sort of...

Australia Votes Decisively for Change - The Age

Australians do not change their federal government as a matter of habit. Since the Menzies era, there have been just five changes of government. All of which makes the sixth change...

A Lesson from Australia - John O'Sullivan, National Review

That Abbott’s campaign was brilliant is not disputed by either Labour or the media. There’s a reasonable argument that the implosion of Labour’s campaign helped A...

Kevin Rudd: Architect of His Own Downfall - Dennis Shanahan, Australian

Kevin Rudd's return to the Labor leadership has failed. In becoming Prime Minister a second time, Rudd has failed himself as an individual and damaged his place in history. He has ...

Tony Abbott's Plan for Australia - Samantha Maiden, Sunday Herald Sun

Mr Abbott warned Labor and the Greens not to act in defiance of the clear mandate Australian voters had handed him to scrap the carbon tax and stop the boats. His warning could se...

How Will Tony Abbott Affect New Zealand? - The New Zealand Herald

When Australia changes horses, New Zealand needs to take stock. What do Tony Abbott and his likely ministers know of this country? Where do New Zealand and the near Pacific rank in...

Abbott in a Cage of His Own Making - Peter Hartcher, SM Herald

The Labor government made it easy for Tony Abbott. Labor's mafia mob mentality of the eternal blood feud, its failures and sheer narcissism drove voters away. On Sunday, when Labor...

Australia's Very Future Is at Stake - Sydney Morning Herald

The decision to support Abbott in our two pre-election editorial columns will disappoint some readers. But we believe the long-term future of Australia is at stake in this election...

A Conservative Victory in Australia - The Spectator

By conventional wisdom, Tony Abbott should not become Prime Minister of Australia this weekend. He ought to be too conservative, a throwback to a bygone age. He is sceptical about ...

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