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Our responsibility to South Asia
With almost one quarter of humanity living on the Indian subcontinent the COVID-19 pandemic there is each day exacting a devastating toll. Former prime minister Kevin Rudd argues developed economies need to do more to help as a deadly second wave of the coronavirus spreads to rural areas, where the scarcity of medical care will add to this humanitarian tragedy.
A hermit state? The future of Australian overseas aid
Australian aid spending has reached new lows after cuts in the latest federal budget. Foreign aid expert Peter McCawley argues what we now need is a modern and professional aid program capable of meeting non-traditional security threats at the international level and building Australia’s economic links with Asia.
Aiding India in crisis
India is facing a humanitarian crisis from COVID-19. John McCarthy, a former high commissioner to New Delhi, says Australia must do its share to help with vitally needed supplies and allow Australians there to come home – even if it stretches our own resources.
Please explain: Australia's confused China strategy
Australia’s relations with China are at an historic low. In this situation, former diplomat Colin Heseltine argues, we would expect government to tell the people what strategy lies behind its China policy. But the lack of public explanation from both sides of politics on a major foreign policy matter is “unprecedented – and worrying”.
Climate diplomacy – it’s not too late for Australia
US President Joe Biden has called a global summit on climate change over the next two days to energise countries to set more ambitious carbon reduction targets. Tanya Spisbah argues it offers Australia the last best opportunity to get on board for the sake of its international reputation and ability to reap the benefits of the new energy economy.