• Beyond the Solomon’s blame game

    John Coyne     |      April 27, 2022

    The Chinese government have bribed their way into a ‘security agreement’ with the Solomon Islands which will inevitably lead to a military base directly threatening Australia’s security. Rather than bicker over blame, both the Coalition and Labor must take action to protect the region from further Chinese incursion.

  • Supply-chain lessons from the COVID years

    John Coyne     |      March 15, 2022

    The government needs to promote discussions with the private sector about supply-chain resilience, nation-building and sovereignty to ensure the lessons learned over the last two years lead to action in the future.

  • The return of hard borders

    John Coyne     |      February 10, 2022

    All those in the travel and tourism industry waiting with bated breath for a ‘return to normal’ once international borders are opened to tourists once again may be in for a rude shock.

  • Are drugs a health or legal problem?

    John Coyne     |      December 14, 2021

    Australia’s federal, state and territory governments see illicit drug addiction as a law enforcement, rather than a health issue, but targeting supply alone is not a winning strategy.

  • Climate activism requires a nuanced security response

    John Coyne     |      September 5, 2021

    Governments can ill afford to ignore climate protests or treat them in a heavy-handed manner. It’s time for genuine public discourse on this issue before the situation deteriorates and further erodes social cohesion.

  • Amnesties could help solve Australia’s Covid-related migration shortfall

    John Coyne     |      August 26, 2021

    With Australia’s international borders now almost hermetically sealed, perhaps it’s time to bring the cohort of illegal non-citizens out of the shadows by offering them an amnesty to become full members of our communities.

  • Protecting Australia – and what makes us Australian

    John Coyne     |      July 15, 2021

    Dealing with the Covid-19 pandemic threatens to further fracture and fragment our understanding of civil liberties and national security and how to protect them both.

  • What should modern nation-building look like?

    John Coyne     |      May 31, 2021

    Rather than one-off investment ‘announceables’, Australia’s post-COVID recovery demands ‘big-picture’ nation-building that offers a vision for the future on the same grand scale as major schemes of the past.

  • Combating terrorism after COVID-19

    John Coyne     |      June 26, 2020

    The federal government should increase its efforts to prevent radicalisation of disaffected young people in Australia in the wake of COVID-19.

  • Embracing cloud computing in national security

    John Coyne     |      May 28, 2020

    Policy makers should look beyond current technical security standards to unlock the capability benefit that cloud computing can bring to Australia’s national security.

  • Improving Australia’s fuel security

    John Coyne     |      May 11, 2020

    Having an offshore national oil reserve may buy Australia time during a supply crisis, but it will do little to address our supply-chain vulnerabilities. Building more facilities in Australia is the only way to protect the nation during future emergencies.

  • We reap what we sow in terms of national resilience

    John Coyne     |      April 5, 2020

    Covid-19 has shown that market forces aren’t enough to ensure adequate national resilience in myriad areas, and that too much of our preparation for such emergencies was predicated on good luck.