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Building a regional refugee framework.

The Asia Dialogue on Forced Migration (ADFM) expanded its membership, deepened its policy contributions to the Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime (Bali Process) and developed its connection to the Association of Southeast Asian … Continue reading

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TRAVERS McLEOD. General Mattis, the new US Defence Secretary – the right choice for an ahistorical President

With General Petraeus, General Mattis changed the mindset of the US military. Let’s hope that if duty and ethics call, Mattis can change the President’s mind too.

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SAM HURLEY, TRAVERS McLEOD, JOHN WISEMAN. Company directors can be held legally liable for ignoring the risks from climate change.

  Company directors who don’t properly consider climate related risks could be liable for breaching their duty of due care and diligence, a new legal opinion has found. Although the alarm for business leaders has been sounding for some time, … Continue reading

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TRAVERS McLEOD, PETER HUGHES, SRIPRAPHA PETCHARAMESREE, STEVEN WONG, TRI NUKE PUDJIASTUTI. Developing a regional refugee framework.

September has seen a surge of international summits. First came the G20 in Hangzhou, then ASEAN and the East Asia Summit in Vientiane, plus the Pacific Islands Forum in Pohnpei. And, on consecutive days this week, the United Nations in … Continue reading

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MARK TRIFFITT & TRAVERS McCLEOD. Stability will only be found through ideas and democratic renewal

  On Saturday, Australia’s political system crossed a line. From the normal messiness of democracy into fragmented incoherence. From voter unrest to potential revolt. The implications are clear for anyone who wants to see. Instability is no longer a one-off … Continue reading

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TRAVERS McLEOD, PETER HUGHES, SRIPRAPHA PETCHARAMESREE, STEVEN WONG, TRI NUKE PUDJIASTUTI: Rohingya refugees and building a regional framework to manage refugee flows.

Part 1.  The Andaman Sea refugee crisis a year on:  what happened and how did the region respond? The Andaman Sea crisis a year ago catalysed important policy developments on forced migration in Southeast Asia. Part one recaps what happened, … Continue reading

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Travers McLeod, Peter Hughes, Sriprapha Petcharamesree, Steven Wong, Tri Nuke Pudjiastuti. The Bali Process can do a lot more to respond to forced migration in our region.

The Bali Process on People Smuggling, Trafficking in Persons and Related Transnational Crime will hold a full ministerial meeting in Bali this Wednesday. The meeting will bring together ministers from 45 member countries for the first time in three years. … Continue reading

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Anand Kulkarni, Travers McLeod. Battle of ideas on innovation.

We’re now in a race to the top on innovation. Better late than never. Liberating ideas could reboot Australia’s economy, as we argued a year ago. Now it seems there are more ideas about how to generate ideas than ever … Continue reading

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Travers McLeod. Relaxing airstrike rules is a recipe for disaster.

Tony Abbott has argued Australia and her allies should relax targeting rules for airstrikes to destroy the Islamic State. At best, he is ignorant of the lessons of the military campaigns waged in Iraq and Afghanistan since 2001. At worst, … Continue reading

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Travers McLeod. Unusual suspects challenging usual thinking on climate change.

“The greatest trick the devil ever pulled was convincing the world he didn’t exist.” Twenty years ago Kevin Spacey uttered this famous line about his alter ego, Keyser Söz, in The Usual Suspects. Keyser Söz isn’t climate change, but he … Continue reading

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Mark Triffitt and Travers McLeod. Entitlements scandal is a sign of political rot.

When does a political system become corrupt? When is the line crossed from garden variety rorting by a few members of parliament to institutionalised abuse of taxpayers’ money by the system? The latest scandal over politicians’ entitlements has been like … Continue reading

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Mark Triffitt and Travers McLeod. Hidden crisis of liberal democracy.

A “burning platform” with big, tangible impacts on our everyday lives is often the tipping point for concerted action. We call these crises. Think of the G20’s actions in the wake of the global financial crisis or the global response … Continue reading

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Mark Triffitt and Travers McLeod. Don’t blame micro-parties or the Senate.

Paul Keating famously labelled the Senate “unrepresentative swill”. Similar sentiments – while not as colourful – are being voiced by those frustrated with the blocking power of the Senate’s micro-parties. In a recent Australian Financial Review survey, leading corporate CEOs … Continue reading

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