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Gareth Evans: Syrian nightmare needs diplomacy, not war drums

As Washington formally asks Australia to increase strikes in Syria, former foreign minister Gareth Evans warned military force is counter-productive. Australia should be setting its sights higher on the global stage, but political obsessions with non-state terrorism and 'special' relationships make it hard to be taken seriously by those we most need to court. Read More

Tony Kevin: a new look at the boat people policy challenge

Michael Pezzullo, then Customs boss, and former diplomat turned commentator Tony Kevin were harsh critics of each other over SIEV tragedies and the Operation Sovereign Borders alternative. Then Tony Kevin saw deaths at sea had stopped. He argues turn-back was successful and the camps must go. Read More