Australian Foreign Policy

We need to talk about Julie

The Spectator Australia, by Tina Faulk, May 13, 2017: There is a news picture of Foreign Minister Julie Bishop that sticks in my mind. Bishop, lithe, agile (that word again!) jogs, smiling and confident, with her sweaty, be-suited Chinese bodyguard in his polished leather shoes, toiling behind, on an official visit to China. There’s another one too, Bishop, fetchingly… Continue reading We need to talk about Julie

Australian Foreign Policy

More British troops could be on their way to Afghanistan as Nato considers mission boost

As more NATO troops are heading to Afghanistan, and with Australian military personnel still remaining in this tormented land, the million dollar question which has eluded Western leaders since 2001 still remains: what would/does victory in Afghanistan look like? At what point in time, will NATO decide mission is accomplished in Afghanistan? Would this be when Afghanistan becomes a democracy,… Continue reading More British troops could be on their way to Afghanistan as Nato considers mission boost

Australian Foreign Policy · European Union · Immigration/ Multiculturalism

The possibility of free movement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom

In the aftermath of Brexit, CANZUK International has proposed establishing freedom of movement between the countries of Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom (CANZUK). If realized, this proposal would see CANZUK citizens all obtaining the right to live, work and study in any CANZUK country. The framers of this potential agreement have considered the existing Trans- Tasman Travel Arrangement… Continue reading The possibility of free movement between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United Kingdom

Australian Foreign Policy · The Donald Trump Presidency

The case against conflict with North Korea

Recent reports have suggested that should North Korea conduct another nuclear weapons test, the United States may respond by attacking their country in a preemptive strike. Whether or not these reports are correct, such a move against North Korea–the desolate, archaic, pariah state–appears foolish. While Kim Jong- un seems mentally unhinged, and may indeed be seeking to escalate… Continue reading The case against conflict with North Korea

Australian Foreign Policy

The future for India- Australia relations?

While I don’t wish our foreign policy to be purely based upon idealism or measures of democratic health, the future for Australia- India relations should be bright considering our historic and current similarities. While written in 2014, the following article provides an interesting insight into the state of contemporary Indian politics and of the nation’s leader:… Continue reading The future for India- Australia relations?

Australian Foreign Policy · United Nations

Senator Benardi’s speech on the UN

The following is an excerpt from Senator Benardi’s speech on the UN, following his 3 month parliamentary secondment to the organisation. And for the most part, I find myself agreeing with the Senator’s measured and rational criticism of the UN. Excerpt from Senator Benardi’s speech: Last year I was fortunate enough to spend three months as part of a… Continue reading Senator Benardi’s speech on the UN

Australian Foreign Policy · Malcolm Turnbull

Marise Payne to meet with General Mattis?

In fairness to Marise Payne, she may be a lovely person, and provide good company in private. But this non- imposing woman, who was confused last year about the role of her job, appears set to meet with the legendary US Secretary of Defense, General James ‘Maddog’ Mattis. From all that we have heard from President Trump,… Continue reading Marise Payne to meet with General Mattis?