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Julie Bishop and Marise Payne have risen to the top in foreign affairs, but their successes may be masking more systemic issues preventing women from advancement. William West/AAP

Diplomacy and defence remain a boys’ club, but women are making inroads

A new report has found a major gender gap persists in Australia's diplomatic, defence and intelligence fields. Australia needs good ideas, and we cannot assume they will all come from the same place.
The government briefed Indonesia before the Prime Minister outlined the new Australian policy in a speech in Sydney on Saturday. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Government hopes Jerusalem compromise will smooth Indonesian trade deal

Morrison announced a compromise position that recognises West Jerusalem as Israel’s capital but does not move Australia’s embassy there until a peace settlement determines Jerusalem’s final status.
Fullilove suggests the time will come when Trump will put the Australian government on the spot. Christian Hartmann/EPA

Prepare to be forthright with Trump: Michael Fullilove

In a speech titled “After the Midterms” Fullilove warns Australia may need to increase its defence spending beyond the present commitment and urges the government to reverse some of its cuts to aid.
In this June 2018 photo, an Israeli tractor works to extinguish a fire started by a kite with an incendiary device launched from Gaza in a wheat field near the Israel/Gaza border. (AP Photo/Tsafrir Abayov)

Gaza’s fire kites and balloon bombs ignite tensions

Incendiary kites and balloons have joined artillery rockets in Gaza’s arsenal. They bleed Israel’s finances more than its people.
The ADF’s powers to search, seize and control movement at the scene of an incident will be simplified, expanded and made clearer. Australian Department of Defence

Military to get wider role in combatting terrorism

The bill makes it easier for states and territories to seek help from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to respond to terrorist and other violent occurrences.
Canadian Lt. Gen. Pierre St-Amand is seen on Parliament Hill in September 2017 where he appeared as a witness at a House of Commons national defence committee. The deputy commander of NORAD said North American defence needs to evolve to meet modern threats. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

NORAD’s struggle for relevance on its 60th birthday

NORAD is celebrating its 60th anniversary this May. New challenges face Canada and the U.S. now and in the coming years. How will NORAD evolve?
Lieutenant general Angus Campbell Campbell has issued an order banning death symbols, such as the pirate skull and crossbones, the phantom or punisher symbols, and spartans and the grim reaper. AAP/Andrew Taylor

Banning soldiers displaying death symbols is about the right military mindset, not political correctness

A new directive from the army chief banning death symbols has earned him harsh criticism, but his view is more about respect for the gravity of solders' tasks than political correctness.
In his role overseeing Operation Sovereign Borders, Campbell was known for his tight lips in face of questions, often ruling them out as “on water” matters. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Angus Campbell to head Australian Defence Force

Campbell replaces the present chief, Air Chief Marshal Mark Binskin, 58, who will retire from the ADF.

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