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Round and round, every four years. Round and round, every four years. Andrew Milligan/PA

Let the games begin, but what’s the point of the Commonwealth?

On July 23 the Queen will open the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. In the process, she will no doubt also fire the starting pistol on the latest round of a favourite British pastime: worrying about…
David Cameron visits Commonwealth soldiers' graves in Tourgeville Military Cemetery, France. David Cameron visits Commonwealth soldiers' graves in Tourgeville Military Cemetery, France. Stefan Rousseau/PA

Britain’s imperial armies come to the rescue of its modern forces

Speaking as part of a commemorative celebration of the importance of the Commonwealth in WW1, David Cameron had this to say about the participation of colonial troops from all over the empire: They fought…
The Coalition government’s deal with the states over schools funding should not be broken so easily. The Coalition government’s deal with the states over schools funding should not be broken so easily. AAP Image/Tim Dornin

Legally binding or not? Why breaking the Gonski funding deals matters

Education minister Christopher Pyne has announced the new government will dump the agreements with the states on the Gonski school funding reforms, negotiated by the former Labor government. Pyne has said…
Just wave the flags and don’t mention the torture. Just wave the flags and don’t mention the torture. EPA/Sri Lankan government

Commonwealth hamstrung to fight abuse in Sri Lanka

The list of crimes alleged to have been perpetrated by brothers Mahinda and Gotabhaya Rajapaksa – respectively the president and defence minister of Sri Lanka – are truly horrifying. During the last few…
Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Sri Lankan president Mahinda Rajapaksa. Alexander Nikiforov

Time for Britain to rethink its place in the Commonwealth

It is difficult to do justice to the mood of despair that has been haunting the corridors of the Commonwealth Secretariat’s headquarters in Marlborough House in recent months. The decision to hold the…
Australia has refused to join Canada and India in boycotting CHOGM in Sri Lanka over human rights abuses. Australia has refused to join Canada and India in boycotting CHOGM in Sri Lanka over human rights abuses. EPA

Australia’s CHOGM dilemma: addressing human rights abuses in Sri Lanka

Australian prime minister Tony Abbott announced earlier this week that he would not join his Canadian, Indian and Mauritian counterparts in boycotting the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM…
Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Health Minister Tanya Plibersek during Question Time at Parliament House in 2012. Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Health Minister Tanya Plibersek during Question Time at Parliament House in 2012. Penny Bradfield/AAP

Health reform: turning a deaf ear to the High Court and a blind eye to the Constitution

Prime Minister Julia Gillard and Health Minister Tanya Plibersek have announced they will return health payments to Victoria that had previously been cut from its allocation under the National Health Reform…
The Commonwealth and Victorian governments blame each other for hospital budget cuts. The Commonwealth and Victorian governments blame each other for hospital budget cuts. Image from shutterstock.com

Blame game: cutting through the spin on Victoria’s hospital funding cuts

As Victorian hospitals have announced bed closures, job losses and elective surgery delays over the past six weeks, cuts to health service budgets look set to significantly affect patient care in the state…
Who will take over the family firm after Prince William is under discussion by Commonwealth leaders. Who will take over the family firm after Prince William is under discussion by Commonwealth leaders. AAP/Lyndon Mechielsen

A long line of discrimination but should succession to the throne be changed?

UPDATE: Commonwealth leaders have now agreed that laws will be changed to allow sons and daughters of any future British monarch to have equal right to the throne. The ban on the head of state marrying…
India is emerging as a world economy - so why can’t Australia make more its relationship? India is emerging as a world economy - so why can’t Australia make more its relationship? AAP

CHOGM: our complex relationship with India

CHOGM: As the leaders of Commonwealth nations prepare to meet in Perth this week, The Conversation is examining the role of the biennial Commonwealth Heads of Government (CHOGM) Meeting. In the first piece…

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