Australia

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It's Time for a Larger Australia

Michael Fullilove, The National Interest

More British Than Britain

Simon Heffer, The Spectator

Australia and China: Now What?

Peter Hartcher, Sydney Morning Herald

Thatcher's Children Have Their Hands Full

Jeffrey Simpson, Globe & Mail

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...(full article)

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....(full article)

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 ...(full article)

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"....(full article)

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...(full article)

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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 ...

The Implosion of Australia's Labor Party - Jeff Sparrow, The Guardian

Party infighting and the battles with Julia Gillard played right into the hands of the Liberals, setting up Tony Abbott for a victory....

Australia Will Elect a Liar - Mike Carlton, Canberra Times

So, are we the people really going to elect a liar to The Lodge today? It seems we are. Every opinion poll predicts a thumping win for the Coalition. We will have a liar as our pri...

How Miners Are Robbing Australia - Seccombe & Blumer, The Global Mail

Let us begin with a question. Who is going to win the 2013 federal election? If your answer is “Tony Abbott” or “the Coalition” you’re almost certainl...

Tony Abbott Poised for Victory in Australia - Lenore Taylor, The Guardian

Opinion polls predict a convincing win for the Coalition leader, ending six years of Labor rule and three years of political turmoil....

Australian Voters Face a Choice: U.S. or China? - Hugh White, Bloomberg

Nothing matters more to Australia's long-term future than managing this increasingly difficult balancing act between the world's two strongest states. If Abbott wins -- and the pol...

U.S. Isn't the Pushy One in Asia - John Blaxland, The Strategist

Hugh White continues to paint a picture of the United States being the principal cause of the growing tensions in Asia by not making enough concessions, and by ‘containing&rs...

Kevin Rudd Deserves Another Term in Australia - The Economist

EXCEPTIONALLY among rich-world economies, Australia is now enjoying its 22nd year of uninterrupted growth. Much of the lucky country’s recent prosperity came easily—from shippi...

Tony Abbott Is Ready to Rule the Aussies - Jonathan Pearlman, Telegraph

Though branded a misogynist and extremist, Liberal leader Tony Abbott is likely to win this week’s federal election in Australia....

Another 'Seinfeld' Election in Australia - William Pesek, Bloomberg

The run-up to Sept. 7 doesn’t bode well for Australia’s future, especially following a 2010 vote dubbed the “Seinfeld Election,” meaning that it was about nothing. Here we ...

The 10 Most Expensive International Cities for Business Travel - RCW

The summer is coming to an end, which for many means the end of long weekends and half-day Fridays at the office, and a return to days on the road conducting business. Whether you'...

Tony Abbott Drives Kevin Rudd to the Brink - Paul Kelly, The Australian

It was a western Sydney audience and the questions better suited Tony Abbott. He was confident, on message, punchy, tighter and had the best of the third debate against Kevin Rudd....

A Conservative Landslide in Australia - Tom Switzer, The Spectator

Sometimes only a cliché will do, especially when the subject is the Australian Labor party. Labor is holed beneath the water line and is sinking fast. No one, not even its newly r...

Politics a Blood Sport in Australia - John McTernan, The Scotsman

Australians play politics like they play sport. Ruthlessly, and to win. The speed with which a leader can be replaced – “rolled” – is breathtaking to experi...

Australia's Luck Is About to Run Out - David Pilling, Financial Times

After 20 years of growth, politicians should be prepared for changing fortunes....

Australia: The Sweeney Todd of Foreign Aid - Samah Hadid, The Guardian

Both major parties go into this election with the weakest global poverty commitments in years. What was once a source of Australian pride now is a crying shame....

Will Fraud Kevin Rudd Fool Aussies Again? - Tom Switzer, The Spectator

It wasn’t long ago that the upcoming federal election in Australia seemed to be Tony Abbott’s to lose. With Julia Gillard as damaged goods, the Opposition leader appear...

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