The budget increases funding for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade by over $450 million, in what’s a positive first step towards remedying our long-term reduction in diplomatic resources.
Security vetting is reliant on subjective judgements that may not take into account wider structural inequalities and discrimination.
The secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Kathryn Campbell, has been replaced in a shake-up of federal departmental heads announced by Prime Minister Anthony Albanese.
Germany and England spend around A$4–5 per capita on cultural engagement and diplomacy. We spend 20 cents.
Reduced funding for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade makes no sense if you understand what diplomacy can do.
Australia’s usual approach to big international negotiations is to hold out, before reluctantly making “concessions”. It’s the wrong approach for trade, and the wrong approach for climate change.
The proposed bill represents a massive over-reach that will do far more harm than good.
Australian academic Kylie Moore-Gilbert has been detained in Iran since 2018. Her transfer to a notoriously brutal prison this week has pushed a fellow researcher to speak out.
A pared-down parliament will aim to pass the government’s stimulus package in a single day’s sitting on Monday.
Scott Morrison has heavily promoted his government’s ‘Pacific Step Up’, but it hasn’t invested the requisite funds to support the initiative diplomatically.
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.
Future Australian governments need to work harder at making foreign affairs more accessible to the public, such as better explaining the “Pacific pivot”.
Whoever forms the next government should increase investment in foreign affairs and trade, finding ways to make Australia more prominent in global dispute resolution.
A women’s savings club in Nigeria.
If programs don’t challenge the structural causes of gender inequality, microfinance will just continue to reinforce poverty and inequality.
Malcolm Turnbull has put Peter Dutton at the head of the Home Affairs super portfolio.
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.
The paper recognises China will continue to dominate consumption of Australia’s minerals exports, tourism and education services.
AAP Image/Fairfax Media, Alex Ellinghausen
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.
Australian trade isn’t all about physical goods.
The Australian economy has changed significantly over the past 30 years to focus on services. They are unlikely to be drastically affected by repealing free trade agreements.
Mobile payment services could be affected by the complexity the Trade in Services Agreement creates.
A WikiLeaks release of confidential documents about a multinational trade agreement shows it will add more complexity to trade in services which may cost Australian businesses.
Frances Adamson (left) pictured while Australian Ambassador to China in 2015.
Career diplomat Frances Adamson, presently international adviser to Malcolm Turnbull, will be the new secretary of the Foreign Affairs department.
Australia has been more comfortable in the ‘slipstream of power’, rather than leading, says Peter Varghese.
DFAT secretary Peter Varghese sat down with Michelle Grattan to talk about aid, the integration of AUSAID, Islamic State, the Asian century and much, much more.
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By 2050, China’s economy is projected to be as large as the US and India combined.
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…