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The Sovereign Nation-State as a Contributor to Terrorism

Image credit:indiandefencereview.com The current crises associated with ‘terrorism,’ in particular the shocking acts by individuals in the beheading of civilians as acts of revenge notwithstanding, there are issues with regard to the nation-state and its role in the ‘shaping’ of … Continue reading

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Australia-China and the Rise of Pax-Sino: Where to now?

First published on E-International Relations, 21 Sept, 2014. http://www.e-ir.info/2014/09/21/australia-china-and-the-rise-of-pax-sino-where-to-now/ Australia, has sought to ensure it has long-term allies in the Asia-Pacific (A-P) region. This is due in no small part to the surprise attack on Darwin during World War Two … Continue reading

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But will China invade Australia?

These past weeks have seen Clive Palmer MP berate the People’s Republic of China (PRC) government and other (Chinese) that have had business dealings with him. This was followed by a further dictum from his colleague Senator Jacqui Lambie speaking … Continue reading

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What a State demands, what a citizen gives, and what Abbott and Hockey simply don’t understand

Recent history and the dreaded ‘age of entitlement’ mantra The rhetoric from the Abbott-Hockey mantra of the ‘age of entitlement’ appears to be getting more manic as a viewing of the ABC’s Parliament Question Time will attest; and as other … Continue reading

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People ‘cost too much’: the Abbot Government and Neoliberalism

What to do, what to do… The current non-acceptance of the 2014 Budget by the Australian population—which in turn has been reinforced by the majority of state government premier’s—does not bode well for the future of the Coalition as a … Continue reading

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Australia’s Abbott government, the Asia-Pacific region and the ‘China Divide’

Prime Minister (PM) Abbott arrived in China after a somewhat successful mission to Japan and South Korea recently, in acquiring trade benefits on some Australian exports. Broadly speaking, his visit to parts of the Asia-Pacific (AP) region has been hailed … Continue reading

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A reply to : How many children’s lives will Tony’s jets cost?

A reply to the Australian Independent Media Network’s article (by Kaye Lee): How many children’s lives will Tony’s jets cost? This article raises some good points, however there are some tensions within it that I would like to address. Whilst … Continue reading

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Abbott uses society’s vulnerable as means to an ideological end

Originally posted on The Australian Independent Media Network:
Image courtesy of news.com.au Can anybody make any sense out of what this government doing? asks Jennifer Wilson. It seems to me that it’s a core conservative tradition to use  the most vulnerable…

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The Rise of Pax-Sino and the Asia-Pacific Region

This is a presentation I gave as part of the Cultural Enquiry Research Group (CERG) on the 3rd of March 2014, entitled ‘The Kangaroo, the Eagle and the Dragon: Australia-America-China and the possibility of war in the ‘Asian Century.’ It … Continue reading

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Australian Navy ‘strays’ into Indonesian waters

There is much to read in to what has happened recently in the straying of Australian Navy vessels into Indonesian sovereign waters and the ire this has raised in the officials of their government.  From a party that espouses ‘sovereignty’ one would think … Continue reading

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