Foreign affairs and diplomacy have historically been a male arena, and this still prevails today. In Indonesia, gender socialisation has played a part in the increasing number of female diplomats.
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We want to make it easier for interested Australians to access key official statements about the direction of Australian international policy. Current Events in Australian Foreign Policy will identify and collate important speeches, Parliamentary statements, press releases, and media interviews given by ministers and opposition spokespeople on foreign, trade, defence, and development assistance policy.
Australia’s proposed news media code highlights tensions between self-interest, the needs of democratic media, and new challenges to laissez-faire regulation of transnational firms. This action will highlight the market power, privacy failings, and democratic implications of digital giants.