Pearls and Irritations


Indo-Pacific concept is outdated, time is ripe for separation

As China’s influence grows and India revives an Indian Ocean forum, it might be time to do away with the...

The Coalition champions small government — except when it doesn’t

The Morrison government’s claims that it opposes state intervention are undercut by its controlling actions across welfare, education and security....

Omicron is fuelled by our failure to mount a coordinated global response

The new Omicron coronavirus variant is a wakeup call on the need to fully vaccinate the world’s poorest nations, and...

Australia diplomacy: how to lose friends and influence no one

Australia’s diplomatic missteps and lack of independence in foreign affairs and defence have brought a damaging loss of international trust....

US-China tariff stoush fosters a protection racket. Australia is on the ‘hit list’

The wrecking ball Trump took to the global trading system is still swinging, with implications for Australian trade and even...

A unity ticket to challenge the integrity vacuum in Canberra

Two former political heavyweights from different sides have joined forces to combat the corruption and damaging inaction of the Morrison...

Home truths: the housing emergency must shift Australian politics

The failures of Australia’s fragmented and ineffective housing policy are accumulating — governments should take heed or pay a political...

With campaigns against pandemic mandates the need for a human rights act has never been greater

After a pandemic response that required incursions on some human rights, the threat of governments expanding these powers further is...

Culture war over religious freedom normalises fascist politics

Australian conservatives’ obsession with religious freedom is just another US import, and part of a worldwide surge in fascist identity...

The inaugural ASPI Sydney Dialogue is a national embarrassment

The ‘summit’ was compromised by complicity between DFAT,ASPI , the presence of Narendra Modi, and Meta’s sponsorship.But our anti-China media...

Liberals’ fear-mongering won’t be effective: former Australian diplomat

The Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade claims that it “promotes and protects Australia’s international interests to support our...

The endless civil war among conservatives over nuclear power

The case for nuclear power in Australia is overwhelmingly weak, but that doesn’t deter the culture warriors in the Morrison...

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