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Malcolm Turnbull’s Business Background Could Boost Confidence, Economy

The Australian economy could get a shot in the arm from the change in prime minister even before Malcolm Turnbull talks policy. Industry bodies have welcomed the arrival of a PM with a track record in business, and analysts say the former investment banker could lift consumer and business confidence through his popularity with voters and ability to explain the need for economic reforms.

Read Here – The Australian

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It Gets Tough For People Smugglers

People smugglers find business tougher as the Australian government’s crackdown begins to have an impact.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Australia’s Defence Policy Needs Help

Australia’s new government must make tough decisions in defence policy. Australia’s broad national interests and the challenging strategic environment in Indo-Pacific Asia make it essential to modernise the Australian Defence Force. The nation’s defence capabilities remain underfunded and its strategic edge in the region is eroding. The gap between the nation’s interests and capabilities is widening, and it is getting harder to meet the demands of the US alliance.

Read Here – Lowy Institute

The Fallen Prime Minister

Kevin Rudd, the once extremely popular Prime Minister of Australia who was humiliatingly knifed by his own party and replaced with his deputy Julia Gillard in his first term of government, managed to resurrect himself to face a near impossible re-election battle.

Read Here – AlJazeera

Rudd Rules Again In Australia

After being unceremoniously dumped in 2010, after one failed and one aborted leadership challenge, and after three years suffering the slings and arrows of outraged caucus colleagues, Kevin Rudd has his revenge.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Understanding Pacific’s Tiny Tots

The South West Pacific is dotted with small and micro states, with many only recently winning independence and still facing varying degrees of internal instability. These countries range from tiny islands to artificial amalgamations of diverse cultures. The largest, Papua New Guinea, has over 800 different languages, a tough proposition for any national government, quite apart from its other challenges. The region is marked by weak governance and poor, fast-growing populations.

Read Here – The Diplomat

The Struggling Middle Powers

In an increasingly contested Asia, with China rising and America rebalancing, middle powers are struggling to redefine their defense strategies.  One such player, Australia, has now done so in a way that seeks to reconcile its extensive national interests with a close U.S. alliance, a web of new Asian security partners and a relationship of mutual respect with China.

Read Here – The Diplomat

Australia Defense Paper Accepts Rise Of China’s Military

Australia struck a conciliatory tone toward top trading partner China as it said that Beijing‘s rising defense capabilities are a natural outcome of its growing economy, according to a new strategy outlined in Australia’s Defence White Paper 2013, released on Friday.

“The government does not approach China as an adversary. Rather, its policy is aimed at encouraging China’s peaceful rise and ensuring that strategic competition in the region does not lead to conflict,” the defense strategy said.

Read Here – China Daily

Read The Defense Paper Here

Australia’s Strange China Paradox

Even so, it’s time for Australian leaders to stop complaining about the unfairness of the situation and start addressing the real weaknesses in their underlying economy. For years now, theirs has been, as the title of Donald Horne’s 1964 book had it, a “lucky country.” Arguably, no developed economy has benefited more from the reforms unleashed in China byDeng Xiaoping in the late 1970s. The Chinese boom has led to soaring demand for Australia’s natural resources, such as iron ore, coal and copper.

Read here – Bloomberg

The Top Soil That China Bought

Western Australia’s energy boom has seen the state outpace the rest of Australia in job creation and economic growth, helping the conservative Liberal-National coalition comfortably win re-election. The state’s traditional secessionist sentiment has been fuelled by Premier Colin Barnett, who has demanded a greater share of tax revenues from the federal government in Canberra.

Read Here – The Diplomat

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