Australia’s Constitution works because it doesn’t define national identity
When Australia’s Founding Fathers came together in the 1890s to draw up a constitution to enable the colonies to federate, what did they think they were doing? Looking at the debates and the Constitution itself, one thing is certain. They were not drawing up a document that defined what it means to be an Australian.
Papuans and Jokowi are hostage to Indonesian politics
Indonesian President Joko Widodo recently announced the end of the decades-long restriction on foreign journalists in the provinces of Papua and West Papua, Indonesia’s territories in the island of New Guinea. While the president, popularly called Jokowi, says he is committed to human rights in the Papua provinces, the military and police continue to murder Papuans with virtual impunity.
Lecture and book launch focus on growing economic inequality
Federal politician delivers 2015 Economic and Social Policy Public Lecture.
Why the world is wary of China's 'great wall of sand' in the sea
The leaders of Southeast Asian nations recently took the extraordinary step of warning China that its island-building activities in the contested South China Sea “may undermine peace, security and stability” in the region.
Michael Kirby public lecture on North Korea’s human rights breaches
Revelations on the many breaches of universal human rights by North Korea will be the focus of a public lecture to be delivered by former High Court Justice, Michael Kirby, AC CMG, in Wollongong on Monday 11 May.
The strategic case for Option J: an alternative view
Andrew Davies and Benjamin Schreer argue in their recent ASPI report on Australia’s submarine choice that there is a stronger strategic case for acquiring Japanese submarines than European ones (Option J).