Roadmap to Quad success: practical recommendations for action and sustainability
In the lead up to the next Leaders’ Summit, this paper argues that the Quad should refine its efforts to better signal intentions, build credibility and deliver regional public goods.
Eyes on the prize: Australia, China, and the Antarctic Treaty
The Antarctic Treaty System (ATS) provides Australia with a peaceful, non-militarised south. This report asserts that Australia should front load its support for the ATS, increasing both the substance and profile of our Antarctic activities.
Key governance issues in Space
The space domain is largely ungoverned and undisciplined. In this analysis, key areas of space governance are explored to understand international perspectives on ongoing debates in the field.
At a strategic crossroads: ASEAN centrality amid Sino-American rivalry in the Indo-Pacific
The ASEAN Outlook on the Indo-Pacific (AOIP) is a defensive attempt at reasserting ASEAN centrality, and the importance of engaging smaller and middle powers of Asia. But instead of just asserting centrality, this paper argues that ASEAN should also achieve and earn a pivotal role...
Thou shalt not covet thy neighbour’s continental shelf: Australia’s Timor Sea maritime boundary
This narrative focuses on the Timor Sea and the sovereignty issue over the part of the continental shelf that is adjacent to Australia’s northern coast and which has been coveted by both Indonesia and Timor-Leste.
Are we mates yet? Agreement making between States and First Nations
This paper has been developed for Aboriginal Affairs NSW (AANSW) to assist communities and policy developers in considering the topic of ‘agreement making’ between the State and First Nations peoples.
Defence support-France; WTO government procurement; prisoner transfers-UAE
This report contains the Committee’s review of three treaty actions.
What we can learn from Indigenous success in the USA
Many Indigenous communities in the USA have used tribal self-determination and access to land to build an economic base and deliver benefits to their people. While the circumstances in the USA differ from both Australia and New Zealand, two US experts believe that some of...
Oil stocks contracts: Netherlands
This report supports the current review that the Australian government is undertaking into Australia’s liquid fuel security and urges the government to fully explore the links as it assesses the adequacy, reliability and affordability of Australia’s physical oil stocks.
Treaty negotiations 2017/2018 - South Australia
In February 2018, the South Australian Government signed an agreement with the Narungga Nation, as a significant milestone towards Treaty. Negotiations also occurred in 2017-2018 with the Adnyamathanha and Ngarrindjeri Nations. In February 2017, Dr Roger Thomas was appointed as Treaty Commissioner to lead Treaty...
Treaty in the Northern Territory
In June 2018 the Northern Territory government asserted that is was committed to commencing discussion on developing a Treaty (or Treaties) with First Nations peoples in the Northern Territory.
International treaty making: guidance for government agencies on practice and procedures for concluding international treaties and arrangements
This booklet has been prepared by the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Trade in the interests of improving government agencies’ understanding of New Zealand’s practice, with respect to international treaties and arrangements. It also provides guidance for government agencies on practice and procedures for concluding...
Enhancing best practice inspection methodologies for oversight bodies with an Optional Protocol to the Convention Against Torture focus
"OPCAT is an unusual treaty in that it creates no new substantive rights. Yet it could be the single most positive development this decade in improving conditions in all Australian places of detention."
International treaty examination of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons
The Foreign Affairs, Defence and Trade Committee has conducted the international treaty examination of the Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons, and recommends that the House take note of its report.
Treaties and self-determination: case studies from international jurisdictions
This guide provides case studies of international jurisdictions that have historic treaties or modern treaty-making processes, self-governance arrangements, and other mechanisms aimed at realising self-determination for Indigenous peoples.
Victoria’s treaty with Indigenous peoples must address vexed questions of sovereignty
As treaty negotiations begin in Victoria, each party will have to accept the other’s legitimacy; that their own power is not absolute and unconditional.
Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018
The Advancing the Treaty Process with Aboriginal Victorians Bill 2018 (‘Advancing the Treaty Bill’) was introduced in the Legislative Assembly by the Minister for Aboriginal Affairs, the Hon. Natalie Hutchins, on 7 March 2018.
Treaty discussions in Australia: an overview
This guide provides a broad overview of some of the most significant historical initiatives, events and policies aimed towards negotiating a treaty or treaty-like agreement with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders that have occurred at the Commonwealth level, as well as a summary of recent...
New Zealand, Australia and the ANZUS alliance: interests, identity and strategy
With the strategic balance teetering in the Asia–Pacific, a more cold-hearted assessment of the Australia – New Zealand alliance is needed.
Trans-Pacific Partnership: parliamentary steps to ratification
This paper sets out the framework for parliamentary involvement in the process leading up to the ratification of an international multilateral trade treaty in each of the eleven remaining Trans-Pacific Partnership signatory countries.
Implementing the Arms Trade Treaty and the UNPoA: a guide to coordinating an effective arms control system
This is the second edition of the Implementation Guide for the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT) and the UN Small Arms Programme of Action (UNPoA).
Australia's compliance with the international covenant on civil and political rights
This report to the United Nations (UN) Human Rights Committee examines Australia’s compliance with the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR). It has been prepared by a coalition of non-government organisations (NGOs) from across Australia.
Reinvigorating the Narrative: the broader benefits of the Arms Trade Treaty
This resource looks at the full breadth of advantages offered by the Arms Trade Treaty (ATT), plus an accessible description of how it works.
Realising the Indo-Pacific: tasks for India's regional integration
As the concept of the 'Indo-Pacific' region has increasingly gained momentum, there remains many opportunities and challenges for India to regionally integrate and realise the concept of the Indo-Pacific.
The debate papers: who is Australia's most important economic partner?
In the first instalment of the United States Studies Centre's new debate series, James Laurenceson and Jared Mondschein go head to head over who is Australia's most important economic partner, the United States or China?