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Australia’s Links With China Must Change, But Decoupling Is Not An Option

The fundamental reality about the economic relationship between China and Australia is that the two nations are deeply important to each other, and so despite the veiled threats from the Chinese government, and the desire in some parts of the Australian community for a split, a great economic decoupling is not an option.

Read Here – The Conversation

Australia Eyes Rare Earth Deposits Amid Fears Over China Supplies

Australia will step up production of rare earths and other militarily sensitive “tech metals”, the country’s defense minister said, as doubts grow over the reliability of Chinese supplies. Linda Reynolds told an audience in Perth that resource-rich Australia had deposits that could safeguard supplies for allies including the United States and Britain. So-called tech minerals are used in everything from smartphones and lasers to avionic systems and electronic warfare technologies. But trade tensions have led China to warn that supplies of could be choked.

Read Here – Asia Times

What Australia’s Foreign Policy White Paper Misses On China

The Foreign Policy White Paper paints a picture of an uncertain world and troubling times. With this understanding as its foundation, the White Paper outlines what approaches Australia should take to protect its national interests. While some elements are new, these approaches are still a means to preserving the status quo. What the White Paper does not do is accept that there are some big and important phenomena we cannot control, and that Australia needs to prepare for them.

Read Here – The Interpreter

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

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

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