• Getting our own house in order

    Michael Shoebridge     |      November 28, 2019

    Strengthening Australia’s democratic institutions will help ensure that Chinese state and corporate interference does not divide our society or undercut our national interests.

  • The reality of Chinese influence in Australia

    Michael Shoebridge     |      November 27, 2019

    The corrosive issue of Chinese state interference in our democracy needs to be handled in a calm and orderly way, but the government must also be honest and open with the Australian people about the challenge we are facing.

  • Facing facts over China

    Michael Shoebridge     |      November 25, 2019

    Instead of looking to some ‘Beijing happy-o-meter’, we need to define our relationship with Communist China as China defines its with us – through decisions and actions rather than words.

  • Unplugging the Chinese outrage machine

    Michael Shoebridge     |      October 17, 2019

    We must not allow the CCP to create a world beyond its borders in which we all feel compelled not to think – and so not to say – what Beijing doesn’t want to hear. And we need to see this paranoid CCP behaviour for what it is: weakness and anxiety masquerading as power.

  • Lessons from the ANU cyberattack

    Michael Shoebridge     |      October 6, 2019

    Australian National University Vice Chancellor Brian Schmidt’s public release of a detailed report on the damaging cyberattack on ANU systems and data marks a refreshing shift in behaviour on cybersecurity for Australian public institutions.

  • Australia’s China policy emerges in the USA

    Michael Shoebridge     |      October 1, 2019

    Rather than join the USA’s trade war against China, Scott Morrison used his state visit to call for broader international action to curb China’s economic, political and military assault on the wider world.

  • Why the Solomon Islands and Kiribati switched sides

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 26, 2019

    Kiribati and Solomon Islands have switched diplomatic recognition from Taiwan to the People’s Republic of China and the move is about more than the Chinese Communist Party’s relentless campaign to isolate Taiwan.

  • Special forces’ approach to technological change offers a model for others

    Michael Shoebridge     |      August 15, 2019

    New procurement principles and practice spearheaded by Australia’s special forces can reduce project risks across the defence budget while embracing more rapid technological change.

  • Which side are we on?

    Michael Shoebridge     |      August 10, 2019

    The protests in Hong Kong started over CEO Carrie Lam’s extradition bill and have turned into a defining issue for the trajectory of China as a state and a society, and for the Chinese state’s relationships internationally.

  • National security should turn to the cloud

    Michael Shoebridge     |      August 1, 2019

    A move now to secure cloud infrastructure is required if Australia’s national security agencies are to maintain and improve their capability.

  • Three realities for the Pacific family and Australia’s step-up agenda

    Michael Shoebridge     |      June 24, 2019

    The new Morrison government, and Alex Hawke in particular, need to show they are listening to and acting on this voice from the Pacific to have credibility in building on the Pacific step-up.

  • Putin and Xi plot an oppressive digital future

    Michael Shoebridge     |      June 17, 2019

    China and Russia are very different nations in many ways, but both are ruled by authoritarian regimes determined to assert themselves on the international stage while crushing political dissent at home and both use the internet to achieve their goals.