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The DCNS Shortfin Barracuda is a large submarine, but that might suit our needs. AAP/DCNS Group

Why does Australia need submarines at all?

Submarines possess a number of unique capabilities that make them ideal to protect Australia's interests.
If Tony Abbott is disappointed by the failure to choose Japan to build Australia’s new submarines, the only one he can blame is himself. AAP/Ben Macmahon

Submarines decision ultimately shows the merits of partisan debate on defence

Like oil and water, party politics and good defence policy are presumed not to mix. And the process to buy Australia's next fleet of submarines has been all about party politics.
DCNS' ‘Shortfin Barracuda’ was the winning design for Australia’s next submarine fleet. AAP/DCNS Group

French company DCNS wins race to build Australia’s next submarine fleet: experts respond

The Conversation’s experts respond to key aspects of the announcement that French company DCNS will be build Australia's next fleet of submarines.
Environment Minister Greg Hunt and Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull must put some substance behind their climate rhetoric. Tracey Nearmy/AAP

Shorten can wedge Turnbull on climate

It was all a bit much for me to see Environment Minister Greg Hunt wallowing in the signing of the Paris Agreement on emissions reduction in New York this week. His commitment to its ratification by year…
The Coalition government has moved to rapidly alter the balance of Australia’s foreign policy spending. AAP/Rashida Yosufzai

Ideas for Australia: Sold short – Australia’s aid cuts have foreign policy consequences

A reduced aid budget equates to the forsaking of real opportunities in foreign policy terms. In the long term, this could make the savings look miniscule compared to opportunity costs.
Chinese businesses are unsure about how import duties will be applied, and so removed some imported products. Michael Reynolds/AAP

China’s e-commerce laws not a ‘crackdown’ but closing a loophole

China's newly introduced "e-commerce laws" are actually just closing a loophole in regulation and shouldn't be seen feared by Australian businesses trading with the country online.
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Interactive: profiles of the cabinet and shadow cabinet

We asked our experts to appraise the political and policy performances of the federal cabinet and shadow cabinet.
Australia has isolated sustainable development projects, like Adelaide’s Bowden precinct that got Princes Charles' attention in 2015, but lacks an overarching commitment to sustainability. AAP

Times demand a Sustainable Development Commission to replace the Productivity Commission

The challenges we face demand profound changes in our thinking and priorities. Replacing the Productivity Commission with a National Sustainability Commission would help us make this paradigm shift.

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