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Ashley Townshend

Pentagon leaders have recently been at pains to convince the world that China is their top priority. But President Joe Biden’s first defense budget request tells a somewhat different story: For all of the emphasis on...

23 June 2021
Bruce Wolpe

Every July, when the Supreme Court completes its term for its summer break, the public strains for any indication a justice of the Supreme Court will announce his or her retirement. Last year...

22 June 2021
Bruce Wolpe

US President Joe Biden will soon name his ambassadors to serve in the capitals of some of the most crucial countries around the world. Australia will likely be in the mix, following reports...

13 June 2021
John Lee

Beijing will cast the G7 as a democratic China-bashing weekend, but it has only itself to blame. Australia’s presence shows it is getting support from a growing list of nations.

11 June 2021
Ashley Townshend, Susannah Patton

En route to his first in-person meeting with President Joe Biden this weekend, Prime Minister Scott Morrison has called for coordinated action among liberal democracies to compete with China in the Indo-Pacific. His...

11 June 2021
Stephen Kirchner

The finance ministers of the G7 countries have reached in-principle agreement on a global minimum corporate tax rate of at least 15 per cent, as well as taxing more of the income of...

7 June 2021
Stephen Loosley

“Don’t let it be forgot

“That once there was a spot

“For one brief shining moment

“That was known as Camelot”

— Camelot by Alan Jay Lerner and Frederick Loewe

Caroline Kennedy, daughter...

4 June 2021
John Lee

The Chinese Communist Party (CCP) does not seem to care much for the so-called “Law of Holes:” the adage that if you find yourself in one, stop digging. The live case study is...

25 May 2021
Bruce Wolpe

For over a decade, the Labor Party has debated its positioning on Israel and Palestine.

Labor's support for Israel's existence as a Jewish state within secure and recognised borders is clear. But this...

22 May 2021
John Lee

Elon Musk’s latest musings about dogecoin – specifically his SNL ‘joke’ that it is a “hustle” – was enough to cause the value of the cryptocurrency to tumble.

However, it was unclear if...

14 May 2021
Jared Mondschein, Victoria Cooper

As Israel conducts the largest offensive operation in Gaza since at least 2014, the words of Donald Trump’s former national security adviser John Bolton creep into mind like an uncomfortable oracle: “It’s clear...

14 May 2021
Victoria Cooper

Joe Biden faced a tall order upon assuming the presidency. The United States was in the throes of a pandemic, unprecedented economic upheaval and was coming to grips with the first attack on...

12 May 2021
David Smith

Australia’s vaccine rollout is moving far more slowly than the government had hoped, and there is evidence of vaccine hesitancy in a significant part of the population.

Some governments and media outlets are...

11 May 2021
Charles Edel

Over the years, Halle’s Spring in Washington has won a devoted following of nature enthusiasts for its depictions of the drama of spring’s arrival. But Halle’s devotion to the ecological view earned him another...

7 May 2021
Bruce Wolpe

There was a reason why Nancy Pelosi was beaming from the podium in the House of Representatives on the 99th day of Joe Biden’s presidency: Democrats controlled the House, the Senate and the...

6 May 2021
Stephen Kirchner

The Biden administration has announced some of the biggest changes to US federal spending and taxation in peacetime in its first 100 days in office.

While some of the new spending measures will...

4 May 2021
Charles Edel

Last month, in comments that did not get much notice in the United States but captured immediate attention throughout Asia, Kurt Campbell, President Biden’s Indo-Pacific Coordinator at the National Security Council, declared, “We...

3 May 2021
Bruce Wolpe

We have not seen this tableau before: two women seated behind the US President as he addresses Congress on Thursday morning, Australian time, on the eve of his 100th day in office. The...

29 April 2021
Charles Edel

Today, Joe Biden concludes his first hundred days in office.

While there is neither a constitutional nor a statutory significance to the first hundred days of a US president's term, it has become...

29 April 2021
Bruce Wolpe

Joseph R. Biden Jr is the most experienced person to become president in US history. A senator for 36 years, with wide-ranging experience and leadership across domestic and foreign policy, and vice president...

28 April 2021