Robert Bowker uses long-secret cabinet notebooks to throw light on Australian political decision-making in the Suez Crisis of 1956, when Prime Minister Menzies took out insurance with a great power partner by giving conspicuous but token support for British action against Egypt, at some cost to Australia’s international reputation.
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On the 70th anniversary of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, it is worth considering it in terms of the protection of human rights within Australia. Australia has failure to implement domestically the terms of the two founding Covenants, and the resulting piecemeal protections that exist for human rights.
As the Pacific Pivot gathers momentum, it is time for more breadth in Pacific security analysis and more sustained effort to invite women to be part of negotiations. And it is time that those devising this security architecture reacquaint themselves with our government’s promises to Pacific women.
In educating our students on international relations and foreign policy, we ought to expand beyond conventional wisdom and equip them with skills to deal with modern issues. Such issues include navigating “fake news,” re-thinking traditional assessment tasks, and dealing with information overload.
Australia is a global leader in youth mental health research and treatment development. It should leverage this expertise to ensure that evidence-based best-practice youth-friendly models are prioritised in Universal Health Coverage provisions, particularly in the priority region of the Indo-Pacific.