Tag Archives: Andrew Farran

ANDREW FARRAN. Stirring a Witch’s Brew – Selling military equipment to Saudi Arabia.

Australia is busily involved in selling military equipment to Saudi Arabia which is engaged in the civil war in the Yemen whose features exceed in brutality and crimes against humanity those in Syria. Has the government clearly thought through where … Continue reading

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ANDREW FARRAN. The hideous Syrian tragedy.

Our armed forces have been deployed abroad opportunistically, even cynically, for decades. This must be avoided in future if they are to serve Australia’s true  defence interests in future.  

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ANDREW FARRAN. The Tactical Strike Force fighter to stalk terrorists – really!

Why does the Prime Minister extoll our expensive F-35s as instruments for killing terrorists in irrelevant conflicts when their purpose is to protect the nation against threats of strategic dimensions were they to arise, not now but in the decades … Continue reading

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ANDREW FARRAN. Some good news on trade at last.

The WTO’s long awaited multilateral Trade Facilitation Agreement has at last received the required number of ratifications and entered into force on 22nd February. It will expedite the movement and clearance of goods at the border and at airports, and … Continue reading

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ANDREW FARRAN. To TPP or not to TPP? – Trade negotiators need to get back to first principles,

If the compounding mess of the global trading ‘system’ is to be overcome, trade negotiators need to get back to first principles.  

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ANDREW FARRAN. Molan v. Woolcott: The rough and the smooth in regional diplomacy

Molan writes that this sensitive touch in relations with Indonesia is reflected in a long tradition of Australian diplomats putting Indonesia’s interests and the views of Indonesians ahead of our own. Indeed he implies that but for geography Indonesia would … Continue reading

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ANDREW FARRAN. New series. We can say ‘no’ to the Americans.

We should have a very clear and unromantic view of what we conceive to be the ‘national interest’.

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ANDREW FARRAN. ANZUS – Reality check coming soon! Quo vadis series.

Quo vadis – Australian foreign policy and ANZUS. Summary. We need diplomacy of the highest order, not military interventions which, as we have seen, generally make conflict situations worse.

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ANDREW FARRAN. Under Trump  – A moment of truth may be approaching  

  Indications are that a Trump Administration will expect America’s allies to pay their way to a greater extent than former President Nixon’s expectations were pursuant to the Guam Doctrine of 1969 mid-point in the Vietnam War. By and large … Continue reading

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ANDREW FARRAN. The legal spat in Canberra – more serious than we may think. 

  Legal advice on a government decision to go to war. The legal spat between the Commonwealth Solicitor-General and the Attorney- General is potentially more serious than it might appear. It is not uncommon that certain actions or proposed actions … Continue reading

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ANDREW FARRAN. ‘We must get out of Syria’

  A comment in support of Richard Woolcott’s blog: “Australia’s Shambolic Policy on Syria – Up Shi’ite Creek Without a Paddle. – We must get out of Syria”  Richard Woolcott has stated with clear reasons why we should get out … Continue reading

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