This week in Australian foreign affairs: Scott Morrison’s statement on Shinzo Abe, the introduction of new legislation to ensure consistent Australian foreign policy, Labor’s criticism of the government’s treatment of Australians stranded overseas, and more.
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The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade launched an initiative to send commercial Australian television programs to local stations in the South Pacific. This move will probably do little to enhance what used to be a vigorous and discerning projection of Australian news and values into the region.
The conclusion of the Australian National Action Plan on Women, Peace and Security provides an opportunity to reflect upon achievements toward greater gender equality for conflict-affected women. This article is the winner of the Australian Journal of International Affairs' 2020 Boyer Prize.
The Australian Treasury’s initial purpose was to be a bookkeeper and budget manager for the new commonwealth government. A couple of decades later, the inadequacy of Treasury in providing meaningful economic policy advice to the government during the Great Depression was a catalyst for the development of a more substantive policy role.