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The Australian OECD national contact point: how it can be reformed

Australia's only government body charged with hearing complaints of human rights by Australian business abroad is failing. This report finds that the Australian National Contact Point is tucked away in Treasury and barely resourced. The majority of complaints are dismissed at the initial assessment stage.

Japanese investment in Australia

This report outlines how one of Australia's oldest economic partners is building on established ties to support the next wave of innovation and growth.

The land that fell to Earth

Britain has spiralled into political failure since voting to leave the European Union. What happened, and what happens next? David Hayes takes a look.

Indispensable economic partners: the US-Australia investment relationship

Australia enjoys a remarkable benefit from its multi-faceted, two-way investment relationship with the United States. And while Australia’s trade relationships, particularly in the region, are vital to continued growth and prosperity, the United States remains Australia’s indispensable economic partner.

Consular strategy 2017-19

The new Consular Strategy for 2017–19 is intended to guide Australia's consular priorities for the next three years and build on the framework of the first Strategy.
Conference paper

Magic weapons: China's political influence activities under Xi Jinping

This paper considers the potential impact of China’s expanded political influence activities in New Zealand and how any effects could be mitigated and countered.

China in the Pacific: a question of influence

Exaggerated fears about China’s intentions reflect a misunderstanding of what’s happening in the region, writes Graeme Smith.

Defence cooperation with Myanmar—Australia and other countries: a quick guide

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.

The Iran Nuclear deal—facts, issues, stakeholders, and Australian policy: a quick guide

This overview of the Iran nuclear deal provides a basic overview of what is involved and outlines Australia's policy position.

Julie Bishop's warning to Communist Party-affiliated Chinese uni students

Julie Bishop has issued a blunt warning to Chinese University students affiliated with the Communist Party, urging them to respect freedom of speech in Australia.