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Making the shift to nuclear-powered submarines: safety first (Peter Briggs, The Strategist)

The agreement for Australia to acquire nuclear-powered attack submarines (SSNs) is the most significant part of the recent AUKUS announcement. The offer of assistance from the United Kingdom and the United States to acquire this capability places us at an excellent starting point for what will be a challenging national journey.

Such a combination of support was inconceivable five years ago when I began publicly agitating for SSNs. Today it is the right strategic decision to meet the changing circumstances facing Australia and its Western allies. It will ensure that our submarine crews have safer, more survivable and hugely more effective submarines.

Making the shift to nuclear-powered submarines: safety first | The Strategist (aspistrategist.org.au)

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Australia

Australia and Digicel: Hands-off no more? (Sharar Hameiri, The Interpreter)

The Australian government’s decision to finance Telstra’s takeover of the Pacific’s biggest telecommunications provider, Digicel, via a $1.33 billion loan from Export Finance Australia, is the clearest indication yet that competing with China is changing government-firm relations in Australia in profound and potentially lasting ways.

Australia has long been one of the world’s staunchest exponents of the doctrine of “free market” liberalism, manifesting in governmental support for trade liberalisation and market competition. Whereas other countries have paid lip-service to these ideas but continued to support national firms at home and abroad in various tacit ways, the Australian government has generally let Australian firms operate internationally with very little government guidance and support.

Australia and Digicel: Hands-off no more? | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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Reaping the social benefits of carbon farming in northern Australia (Gill Savage, The Strategist)

Nation-building can drive economic prosperity, social cohesion and resilience, but we need to engage with the complexity of our modern world to develop pragmatic solutions that address several issues. The temptation to rate one priority higher than another is strong, but we need to avoid binary choices. When it comes to climate policy, that can be challenging.

Reaping the social benefits of carbon farming in northern Australia | The Strategist (aspistrategist.org.au)

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Australia China

China’s economic sanctions made Australia more confident (Ye Xue, The Interpreter)

China has singled out several Australian industries with economic sanctions since May last year, imposing hefty tariffs on Australian barley and wine exports, while throwing up barriers to other products including timber, lobster and coal. Beijing’s action has largely been seen as a response to Canberra’s calls for an independent investigation into the origins of Covid-19.

People worry Australia is likely to keep suffering under repeated rounds of Chinese economic coercion unless a way is found to reset relations with what has been Australia’s largest export partner.

China’s economic sanctions made Australia more confident | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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Australia stands alone again in social media content rulings (Bronwyn Howell, American Enterprise Institute)

In February, Australia led the world with its competition-based law requiring Facebook and Google to reach a compensation agreement with media firms regarding the use of copyrighted news material on social media. While the ensuing stoush resulted in Facebook “de-friending” Australia for a day — along with acrimonious bargaining in the public domain as Australia’s media giants faced off with the online behemoths — agreements that “de-fanged” the issue were ultimately reached. While the level of payments remains mostly undisclosed, major news media firms such as Seven West Media (covering 21 publications) and News Corp (which owns numerous publications along with multimedia platforms news.com.au and Sky News Australia) quickly came to terms with Facebook and Google that satisfied the Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (the regulatory body at hand).

Australia stands alone again in social media content rulings | American Enterprise Institute – AEI

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Australia Defense Defense News USA

Australian small boat with US comms package in testing for Marine Corps urgent need (Megan Eckstein, Defense News)

The mashup of an Australian small boat designed for safety and an American sensors and communications suite that helped Marines secure the Kabul airport during the August evacuation may help fill a capability gap as the U.S. Marine Corps eyes distributed operations in the Pacific.

Australia-based company the Whiskey Project is pitching its multimission reconnaissance craft (MMRC) as a way to meet the Marines’ needs to “sense first, see first and strike first” — in a craft with a low enough signature that it’s hard to detect, but has powerful organic and remote sensors and a communications package that can report back to decision-makers, company officials say.

Australian small boat with US comms package in testing for Marine Corps urgent need (defensenews.com)

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Australia Defense

Australia’s submarine U-turn (Richard Brabin-Smith, East Asia Forum)

On 15 September 2021, the Australian government formally announced that it was abandoning French Attack-class conventional submarines in favour of nuclear propulsion through AUKUS. There were two principal causes for the decision.

Australia’s submarine U-turn | East Asia Forum

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Australia China

Australia loses as China reportedly buys more US LNG (Global Times)

Australia is set to suffer great losses in its energy trade with China, as China now reportedly seeks to lock in long-term liquefied natural gas (LNG) supplies from the US, following the recent power crunch caused by surging coal prices.

At least five Chinese firms, including oil giant Sinopec Corp and China National Offshore Oil Co (CNOOC), are in discussions with US exporters, mainly Cheniere Energy and Venture Global, about potential LNG deals, Reuters reported, citing anonymous sources.

Australia loses as China reportedly buys more US LNG – Global Times

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Australia

Australia needs to build total defence in the face of national crises (Joanne Nicholson, Marigold Black and Peter Dortmans, The Strategist)

In Australia, the prevailing view of mobilisation is that it is an activity associated with going to war. In the event of an armed conflict, the nation mobilises to support the Australian Defence Force. Against recent events, including the 2019–20 bushfires and Covid-19 pandemic, the ADF has mobilised to support the nation. As the range of potential hazards now encompasses high-end warfighting, grey-zone conflict, terrorism and organised crime, as well as domestic and offshore natural disasters, no single institution can sufficiently respond on its own.

Australia needs to build total defence in the face of national crises | The Strategist (aspistrategist.org.au)

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