• A hit to DFAT accountability

    Richard Moore     |      October 4, 2020

    The abolition of DFAT’s Office of Development Effectiveness (ODE) is a bad decision. This development is made worse by the non-transparent way the decision was made.

  • Vox Populi

    Fergus Neilson     |      September 25, 2020

    Fergus Neilson analyses a snapshot of opinions on the condition of 21st century democracy and offers some ideas for reform.

  • Australia and the U.N.

    Gordon Weiss     |      September 22, 2020

    As the UN’s second secretary-general, Dag Hammarskjöld, famously said, the UN ‘was not created to take mankind to heaven, but to save humanity from hell’.

  • Increasing Australia’s investment in diplomacy

    Michael Shoebridge     |      September 21, 2020

    Australia is underinvesting in diplomacy given the type of world we are living in. But it’s wrongheaded to blame MPs and ministers for not simply understanding the intrinsic value of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade and giving it more money.

  • Multilateralism after COVID-19

    Lisa Sharland     |      September 18, 2020

    Australia has enormous opportunities to influence the world for good, in ways that advance our wellbeing, security and prosperity, but it will require some tough decisions and clear policy making on the domestic as well as international front.

  • Will the National Cabinet change Federal-State relations?

    Zim Nwokora     |      September 7, 2020

    The much-heralded success of the national cabinet is more related to the extraordinary circumstance in which it operates than its revolutionary design.

  • Premiers facing elections play hardball with hard borders

    Michelle Grattan     |      September 6, 2020

    That old adage “never get between a premier and a bucket of money” has become “never get between a premier and a COVID election”.

  • Why Australia needs new foreign relations law

    Peter Jennings     |      August 31, 2020

    The Morrison government is closing the door on a disastrous decade for Australia where our greed and naivety turned us wilfully blind to the predatory ambitions of China.

  • Morrison is closing the seams in our federation that China seeks to exploit

    Michael Shoebridge     |      August 29, 2020

    Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s proposed foreign relations bill is all about closing the seams in our federation and giving practical effect to the Commonwealth’s constitutional power on foreign relations.

  • Why we need a new constitution

    Bede Harris     |      August 27, 2020

    In a book to be launched this week by John Hewson, Bede Harris argues that the Commonwealth constitution is so defective that we need an entirely new one.

  • Valuing our Royal Commissions

    Open Forum     |      August 20, 2020

    Politicians of both parties often resort to Royal Commissions to damp down controversy or punt tough choices into the future, but these august committees can still play a role in encouraging genuine reform.

  • Is democracy a victim of COVID-19?

    Tom Gerald Daly     |      August 13, 2020

    The sidelining of state and federal parliaments during the COVID-19 crisis, and the emergence of a dominant National Cabinet has raised few public concerns, but is it weakening our democracy?