• What Indonesia’s rise means for Australia

    Tommy Chai     |      December 29, 2018

    While attention in the region continues to focus on China, Indonesia’s growing economic and military power also creates both threats and opportunities for Australia.

  • Second track diplomacy could calm Asia’s power struggles

    Graeme Dobell     |      December 26, 2018

    Australia must be nimble and smart as it adheres to the US alliance to ensure its security in the region while simultaneously looking towards Asia on economic and trade issues. Informal second track diplomacy offers a way to negotiate the rocky path ahead.

  • Keeping your kids safe if they’re home alone in the holiday

    Natalie Gately     |      December 18, 2018

    Unlike some other countries, it’s not illegal in Australia to leave children ‘home alone’, but some simple steps can help keep them safe if an adult can’t be with them all the time over the holidays.

  • Closing the gap – or widening the gulf?

    Open Forum     |      December 18, 2018

    The mixed impact of the ‘intervention’ suggests that grassroots solutions driven by the communities concerned, rather than top-down measures imposed from above, are the best way to tackle ongoing problems in Australia’s indigenous communities.

  • Beefing up the Parliamentary Defence Committee

    Jim Molan     |      December 16, 2018

    Australia’s Parliamentary defence committee should be given the power to pursue a national security strategy, given the increasing threat of China in the region and the relative military decline of the United States.

  • Australia should privatise visa processing

    John Coyne     |      December 12, 2018

    It would be wonderful if the government had the resources to purchase, maintain and upgrade its own visa processing systems and if every application could be assessed by a trained Home Affairs official, however neither of these appears possible.

  • It’s time to counter Russia’s militarisation of the Black Sea

    Connor Dilleen     |      December 5, 2018

    If NATO continues to cede influence and authority in the Black Sea to Russia, Putin’s threat to Ukraine and neighbouring nations will only increase, threatening the international rules based order on which international security depends.

  • ‘Forward defence in depth’ for Australia (II)

    Malcolm Davis     |      December 1, 2018

    Australia must develop its military ability to ensure the security and stability of maritime Southeast Asia and the South Pacific and offer nations in the region an alternative to greater debt and dependency on Beijing.

  • Forward ‘defence in depth’ for Australia

    Malcolm Davis     |      November 27, 2018

    China is determined to challenge the US across the Indo-Pacific and replace the established rules-based order with a Chinese-led system. Extending Australia’s defence capability would help counter this threat.

  • Once bitten, twice shy – Getting real about Australia’s security

    Jim Molan     |      November 20, 2018

    Australia’s reliance on an over-stretched, under-resourced Royal Navy was exposed by Japan in the Second World War and we must not make the same mistake by over-relying on the USA as China steps up its regional ambitions and power.

  • Supercharging Australia’s digital trade through cyber security

    Michelle Price     |      November 9, 2018

    Michelle Price, the CEO of AustCyber, underlined the importance and potential of cyber security during her keynote address at GAP’s Summit on Digital Trade at NSW Parliament House in Sydney.

  • Facing up to the bear in the Asia-Pacific

    Alexey Muraviev     |      November 2, 2018

    Russia continues to menace its former possessions in Europe and is increasingly looking to increase its influence in the Pacific, in alliance with China and in its own right, a growing threat which Australia must take seriously.