Category Archives: Australian politics

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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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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The Indonesia spy scandal and the future for Australia

Professor White of the ANU Strategic and Defence Studies Centre is right in his article in The Age, on 26 November, 2013: ‘Abbott playing with diplomatic fire in Asia.’  The level of incompetence shown by the Abbott government in dealing with … Continue reading

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Abbott and the Archipelago

The recent lecturing of the Abbott government to the Indonesian government about what Australia will do about asylum-seeker boats is an affront to Indonesian sovereignty on several levels.  Firstly, we (that is Western Europeans) forced the concept of sovereignty on to Asia and for us to … Continue reading

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China, the Pacific and the waves it will create for Australia

At the present time for Australia the rise of China is not yet complete, but that is not to say Australians should be complacent to the challenges that its rise will bring.  Nothing is more certain however, than as China … Continue reading

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