An edited extract of an interview which is published in partnership with The Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
The Australia-China relationship involves walls and whispers, as well as all the rhetoric about trust and respect.
The US Ambassador to Australia post remains vacant after Admiral Harry Harris was reassigned to South Korea. But the diminished role of ambassadors means this is not cause for alarm.
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On Friday the Agriculture department announced it had suspended the supply of sheep to a Qatar abattoir after seeing footage provided by Animals Australia.
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The expulsion of two Russian spies from Australia will have a significant effect on Russia's espionage here.
You will find no revisionism in this foreign policy white paper; the first foreign policy white paper since 2003 is firmly in the camp of the status quo.
Only 20% trust the US 'a great deal' to act responsibly. This is a big fall from the 40% level in 2011, when the question was last asked.
But the debate about ethics is less important at the moment than the consideration of possible consequences of Turnbull's speech.
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Events in Britain, the New South Wales coroner's report on the Lindt Cafe siege, and a new attack in Australia have given a much sharper edge to the debate about how to handle Islamist terrorism.
The communist state exercises 'soft power' in Australia in myriad ways, and it is vital that it is resisted.
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Dennis Richardson was never afraid to tell ministers what he believed they should hear, and any grudges they had as a result they apparently got over very quickly.
Now, more than at any time in our history, Australia needs a relationship with China 'comparable with that which we have, or seek, with other major powers'.
The small city-state is an important regional ally, and we should work hard to maintain that strong relationship.
For all the chatter about the Kremlin's supposed preference for Trump over Clinton, its strategy is far from clear.
Russian interests are far from aligned with those of the West, and no amount of revisionist commentary about Russia not being 'such a bad guy’' after all will alter that reality.
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Under proposed changes, the war crime offence of murder, in a non-international armed conflict, would not apply to collateral civilian deaths resulting from an otherwise lawful attack.
Australia needs a clear bipartisan vision of its role in the world and a strategic agenda for the long-term national interest.