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The United States Studies Centre at the University of Sydney deepens Australia’s understanding of the United States through research, teaching and public engagement. Through rigorous analysis of American foreign policy, economics, politics and culture, the Centre has become a national resource, building Australia’s awareness of the dynamics shaping America — and critically — their implications for Australia.

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A Washington Post article about Australian politician Warren Entsch, a Liberal National MP who represents socially conservative far north Queensland. Entsch plans to introduce legislation into the Australian parliament to legalise same-sex marriage...

11 November 2017
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On Thursday the United States Studies Centre released a poll which found that in Australia, 43% of respondents agreed business owners should have a right to refuse to provide services to a same-sex...

10 November 2017
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This article in The Australian refers to the findings of public opinion surveys on same-sex ­marriage conducted by the US Studies Centre in the United States and Australia. The surveys show that support...

10 November 2017
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A new study has revealed voters are not likely to be swayed either way by arguments for or against the legalisation of same-sex marriage. The United States Studies Centre in partnership with YouGov...

10 November 2017
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Weeks of debate on same-sex marriage may not have shifted Australians' votes on the issue, according to a poll that has found 60 per cent support for change.

The survey taken by YouGov on the...

9 November 2017
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Polling released on Thursday night by the United States Studies Centre showed 60 per cent of Australians supported same-sex marriage but 43 per cent also believed private businesses should have the right to...

9 November 2017
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News.com.au reports that arguments for and against same-sex marriage have very little impact on whether voters support it or not, according to opinion polling conducted by the US Studies Centre. The opinion surveys...

9 November 2017
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Almost two-thirds of Australians support marriage equality, a new poll shows, amid the final countdown to results from the same sex marriage survey. The poll was released by the United States Studies Centre...

9 November 2017
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Ben Flatgard

Australia's Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and America's Deputy Attorney-General Rod Rosenstein both think that tech companies should "do something" about end-to-end encryption. Both have said so publicly, rejecting claims that it'd be difficult...

6 November 2017
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David B. Shear

One year since his shock election, Donald Trump has failed to ­deliver for his faithful backers, ­offered no convincing agenda “to make America great again”, ­accentuated the cultural and partisan malaise tormenting his...

4 November 2017
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David B. Shear

As Donald Trump prepares to jet into Asia this weekend, government officials and diplomats around the region are focused on one critical question: Are we witnessing the decline of the mighty United States hegemony in Asia?

David...

2 November 2017
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A new USSC report, Peaceful Erosion? Trump, China and the Dual Crisis in America’s Asia Policy, is mentioned in this news.com.au article.

28 October 2017
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Ashley Townshend, David B. Shear

News.com.au reports on claims in a new USSC report authored by senior US security expert David B. Shear that Australia will have to up its influence in Asia because of President Donald Trump’s...

27 October 2017
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David B. Shear

Australia needed to “pick up the ball and run” with its own regional leadership and defence strategy rather than rely on the United States’ ever increasing erratic foreign policy and eroded power in...

27 October 2017
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Ashley Townshend, David B. Shear

What does China's growing power and America's hesitant Asia strategy mean for the region? USSC acting director of foreign policy, defence and strategy Ashley Townshend is quoted in this analysis from The Australian...

27 October 2017
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Ashley Townshend

Japan is stepping up efforts to restart a controversial security grouping with the US, India and Australia, posing a dilemma for the Turnbull Government as any participation by Canberra is likely to infuriate...

26 October 2017
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Ashley Townshend

Speaking with Sky News, acting director of foreign policy, defence and strategy at the United States Studies Centre Ashley Townshend says if a North Korean nuclear test occurred it would be a demonstration...

26 October 2017
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Dougal Robinson

Two Republican Senators have staged blistering attacks on Donald Trump but will their words have any lasting impact? USSC research fellow Dougal Robinson is quoted in this report by SBS.

25 October 2017
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An article published by Marketwatch about USSC research on the two-way investment relationship between the United States and Australia.

24 October 2017
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A USSC report on the US-Australia investment relationship is referenced in this article published by The Australian Financial Review.

23 October 2017