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An historian reading the government White Paper on developing northern Australia will realise we’re actually heading all the way back to the 1890s. andrew matthews/Flickr

Northern development plan shows Australia’s fraught vision of our tropics

The federal government's recent White Paper on developing northern Australia has disturbing echoes of the 1890s, a time when unbridled capitalism and indentured labour developed the North.
Instead of developing a northern foodbowl to feed our neighbours, Australia could help them feed themselves. Neils Photography/Flickr

Australia should help East Timor feed itself

A nation that destroys its soils, destroys itself — Franklin Roosevelt It is a worthy objective to sell more food to Asia, but we should not conflate pursuing export income with improving regional food…
Australian neighbours such as Timor Leste - asset rich, but also very poor - are keen to ensure the money paid by Australian extractive companies is fully disclosed. AAP

Australian miners, disclose what you pay our neighbours

Australian mining firms remain at the forefront of natural resource exploration and extraction in some of our nearest - and poorest - neighbours. Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea and the Solomon Islands are…
Jose Maria Vasconcelos (or Taur Matan Ruak) is the new president of East Timor, but will he do more for the women in his country? AAP/Antonio Dasiparu

East Timor: new President, same problems for women

The recent election of José Maria de Vasconcelos, or Taur Matan Ruak as he is known, to the Presidency of Timor-Leste is not good news for women in that country. Adding yet another member of the male military…
Like other “dollarised” developing economies, Timor Leste will feel the pain of a US dollar decline. AAP

Despite the debt deal, the US dollar is on the nose in developing countries

Although the US debt ceiling crisis has been resolved for now, the saga has obvious implications for developing countries. Yet, as is often the case, political conflict is obscuring the persistent and…

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