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Here Comes Santa Claus (for the 1%)

Originally posted on DOMEocracy:
Well, well, here comes the tax bill, all tied up in a nice red bow for Christmas. That’s “red” for the deficits its authors admit it will create (not to mention the much larger ones every…

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Plan Now, Gain Later – Is Australia’s foreign policy machinery ready for uncertainty?

Alan Tidwell Australia’s White Paper forecasts future threats, but falls short of addressing how to effectively manage them. Alan Tidwell takes a look at how Australia can better address its unknown future. The 2017 foreign policy White Paper anticipates a … Continue reading

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Initial Reactions to Australia’s New Foreign Policy White Paper

Check my comments on Australia’s new foreign policy white paper, https://www.policyforum.net/rapid-round-up-fp-white-paper/

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Duterte and the death of democracy War and martial law come to Mindanao – again. Alan Tidwell Does martial law in Mindanao spell the end of democracy in the Philippines? Alan Tidwell takes a look at the state of democracy … Continue reading

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By inviting the Philippines’ Rodrigo Duterte to the White House, Donald Trump emboldens a killer

Check out my editorial on Duterte’s visit to the Trump White House.

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The tag is cut: how will the Trump-Turnbull spat damage the alliance?

When former prime minister Paul Keating said last year it was time to “cut the tag” and loosen the bonds of the Australia’s alliance with the US, who would have thought the man wielding the knife would be Donald Trump? … Continue reading

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Australia’s foreign affairs song remains the same

Australia’s last foreign affairs white paper, Advancing the National Interest, hit the streets in 2003.  Since then a lot has happened – wars waged, governments overthrown, and economies collapsed, just to mention the high points. Amid all of this change, … Continue reading

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