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Australia. Australia needs a diaspora census (Stewart Nixon, East Asia Forum)

In August 2021, Australia held its five-yearly census of population and housing, with responses providing crucial information on the backgrounds and characteristics of people present in Australia. Despite the unusual pandemic context in which it took place, the census provides a vital snapshot that will help shape and target government and non-government policies in a broad range of areas. Among the foremost statistical collections in any country, the census exemplifies the essential contribution of data to developing evidence-based policy.

Australia needs a diaspora census (eastasiaforum.org)

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India/Australia. Third Indo-Pacific Oration (Sunjoy Joshi, Marise Payne, Harsh V. Pant, ORF)

With the idea of the Indo-Pacific building greater salience, the potential for cooperation between India and Australia, two large democratic nations in the region continues to grow, reshaping the future of Asia and the world. This was the backdrop of the Third Indo-Pacific Oration, where Honorable Marise Payne, the Minister for Foreign Affairs and Women addressed the audience. With the session moderated by Harsh V. Pant, focused on the scope of the Indo-Australian partnership and the growing threats the Indo-Pacific region collectively faced. In his opening statement, Chairman Sunjoy Joshi highlighted some of the different areas of cooperation between India and Australia including climate change, terrorism, cyber intrusion, dependable supply changes, trade and security, remarking that both countries’ efforts to making the Indo-Pacific more resilient.

Third Indo-Pacific Oration | ORF (orfonline.org)

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Defense-Australia-India. AUSINDEX: le marine indiana e australiana si addestrano insieme (Analisi Difesa)

Le marine di India e Australia hanno concluso l’esercitazione congiunta AUSINDEX 2021, sviluppatasi nell’arco di quattro giorni al largo del porto di Darwin, nell’Australia Settentrionale. Nelle stesse ore i ministri della Difesa e degli Esteri dei due Paesi hanno aperto nella capitale indiana i lavori del loro primo dialogo strategico.

AUSINDEX: le marine indiana e australiana si addestrano insieme – Analisi Difesa

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Defense-Australia-South Korea. Small hints of a bigger opportunity in Australia- South Korea ties (Peter Dean, The Interpreter)

In Australia, over the last few weeks, international headlines have focused on the United States, between the problematic withdrawal from Afghanistan, the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty, the 20 years since 9/11, and the AUSMIN meeting this week.

So readers could be forgiving for overlooking a snippet of news that South Korea and Australia are preparing to update a joint defence agreement, with the aim of announcing a new deal in October. This should be a key topic for the 2+2 meeting in Seoul this week as Marise Payne and Peter Dutton make their global tour taking in Indonesia, India, South Korea and the United States.

Small hints of a bigger opportunity in Australia-South Korea ties | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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Australia. Risks versus opportunities in national security thinking (Albert Palazzo, The Interpreter)

National security thinkers follow a distinct pattern when they consider Australia’s future defence requirements. For most, the preferred point of view is risk-based. A policy response is framed in military-diplomatic terms, generally a proposal for increased capability and support for the ANZUS alliance. However, such an approach downplays other potential threat offsets, namely non-risk based opportunities.

Risks versus opportunities in national security thinking | The Interpreter (lowyinstitute.org)

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Australia/India. Realising an ‘early harvest’ for Australia–India trade (Dipen Rughani and Natasha Jha Bhaskar, East Asia Forum)

Former Australian prime minister and Special Trade Envoy Tony Abbott’s recent visit to India has brought the long-suspended Free Trade agreement (FTA) — officially known as the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) — back into focus.

Realising an ‘early harvest’ for Australia–India trade (eastasiaforum.org)

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Singapore/Australia/Malaysia/South Africa. Singapore, Australia amongst four central banks to test cross-border digital payments platform (Eileen Yu, ZDNet)

Four central banks are collaborating to develop and test a common platform on which to process cross-border digital payments. The initiative aims to bypass the need for intermediaries and, hence, slash the time and cost of such transactions.

The Monetary Authority of Singapore (MAS), Reserve Bank of Australia (RBA), Bank Negara Malaysia, and South African Reserve Bank on Thursday said in a joint statement that they were working to build and test the use of central bank digital currencies (CBDCs) for international transactions.

Singapore, Australia amongst four central banks to test cross-border digital payments platform | ZDNet

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Australia. Prisoners Denied Vaccine Access (HRW)

The entry sign to Parklea Correctional Centre in Sydney.

The entry sign to Parklea Correctional Centre in Sydney, Australia, July 30, 2020. 2020 Matt Blyth/Getty Images

The Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) should urgently ensure that prisoners have access to Covid-19 vaccines, Human Rights Watch said today.

Australia: Prisoners Denied Vaccine Access | Human Rights Watch (hrw.org)
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Australia/USA. Abandoned And Alone: Lamenting The US-Australian Alliance (Binoy Kampmark, Eurasia Review)

Listening to Australian pundits talk about the relationship of their country with the US – at least from a strategic perspective – can be a trying exercise.  It is filled with angst, Freudian fears of abandonment, the strident megalomania of Australian self-importance.  Critics of this complex are shouted down as Sinophiles or in the pay of some foreign power.

Abandoned And Alone: Lamenting The US-Australian Alliance – OpEd – Eurasia Review

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