Commentary

24 November 2014

Examines the role of Confucius Institutes and Confucius Classrooms in Australia and how they facilitate Chinese soft power influence.

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22 November 2014

As the dust settles after the US–China climate announcement and Australia’s G20 climate debacle, a closer look at the Abbott government’s approach to international cooperation on climate change and economic prosperity

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21 November 2014

Death in a casino: negligence, assault, manslaughter? Or business as usual?

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19 November 2014

Australians reward leaders who stand by core beliefs and, on occasion, flex their muscle

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18 November 2014

Victoria’s Legislative Council is elected on essentially the same system as the Senate, but with one major variation. Those who vote below the line only need to correctly rank five candidates.

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18 November 2014

In the long run, the enemy of my enemy isn’t always my friend. It’s a mistake that’s proving costly for the Liberals

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17 November 2014

Tony Abbott's "protector of the realm" persona is one of his key strengths, so the image of him wimping out of the fight with Putin and being overruled on climate change will hurt, writes Paula Matthewson.

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13 November 2014

Shadow attorney-general Mark Dreyfus has pointed to Britain’s parliamentary oversight of security agencies as a way of moderating Australia’s latest security laws.

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10 November 2014

A conversation with award-winning Indigenous screenwriter Steven McGregor.

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7 November 2014

George Eliot’s fictional experiments were designed to provoke the reader to reflect on the ways in which political institutions and social conventions help to determine the shape of human life. 

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