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Scott Morrison has heavily promoted his government’s ‘Pacific Step Up’, but it hasn’t invested the requisite funds to support the initiative diplomatically. Darren England/AAP

Australia is spending less on diplomacy than ever before – and its influence is suffering as a result

New research shows that funding for DFAT has hit a new low of 1.3% of the federal budget. Scaling back has a real effect on Australia's influence around the world.
Malcolm Turnbull has put Peter Dutton at the head of the Home Affairs super portfolio. AAP/Glenn Hunt

Explainer: how the Australian intelligence community works

The recent creation of the Home Affairs super portfolio has added another four agencies to the national intelligence community. Here's how they work together.
Bali remains a popular tourist destination for Australians. But what do we really think about Indonesia? Chong Eileen

Same old stereotypes of Indonesia – and our politicians aren’t helping

Indonesia is one of Australia’s closest neighbours, but attitudes towards our southeast Asian counterparts are far from neighbourly. A recently released Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) report…
By 2050, China’s economy is projected to be as large as the US and India combined. AAP

Doing business with China is a necessity, not a choice

Opposition leader Tony Abbott has sparked some controversy with his suggestion that Australia’s trade emphasis should be on Japan, rather than China. Abbott’s suggestion that it would be easier to negotiate…

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