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The heads of government of the ten members of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) will convene in Sydney on 17–18 March 2018 at the invitation of Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull for the ASEAN-Australia Special Summit. This paper provides concise background to and context...
Australia, Canada, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States each have some combination of parliamentary/congressional, independent and judicial oversight of their intelligence agencies, in addition to accountability through the executive branch. However, there are differences in the nature and scope of each of...
This quick guide provides a snapshot of current international defence engagement with Myanmar by the following countries—Australia, the United States, the United Kingdom, China, Russia, and India.
This overview of the Iran nuclear deal provides a basic overview of what is involved and outlines Australia's policy position.
This paper provides a summary of Australia’s military operations in Syria and an overview of key associated issues, particularly those relevant to the Parliament. Many of these matters are also relevant to the conduct of operations in Iraq, but this paper does not specifically address...
This paper assesses the effectiveness of the Australian Parliament and its supporting agencies in conducting oversight of major defence procurements in comparison with other nations, using the Joint Strike Fighter (JSF) procurement as a case study.
Outlines key information about the Anzac landing in Gallipoli and provides further resources.
The Abbott Government made important changes to Australia’s Official Development Assistance (ODA) programs, following its election in September 2013.
Large reductions in funding, foreshadowed in the Coalition’s September 2013 pre-election costings, commenced in January 2014. A further series of funding cuts were announced in...
This ‘ANZAC Day Kit’ has been compiled over a number of years by various staff members of the Parliamentary Library, and is updated annually.
In particular the Library would like to acknowledge the work of John Moremon and Laura Rayner, both of whom contributed...
The Government of the Republic of the Union of Myanmar, hereafter ‘Burma’, announced in July this year that it would hold elections for national, state, and regional parliaments on 8 November 2015. As this has the potential to be Burma’s first credible...