Is it Time for a Collective Defence Bloc in Asia?

The balance of peace in a highly volatile region lies in an unstable, nuclear armed nation. Despite this, co-operation between regional governments remains significantly fragmented. So, the question remains – is a NATO-style collective defence bloc against North Korea within the Asia Pacific possible? Can a successful containment policy be implemented without alienating surrounding regional neighbours? Continue reading Is it Time for a Collective Defence Bloc in Asia?

Why The High Court Got It 100% Right

Unless you have had the unfortunate displeasure of being completely disinterested in politics, live under a rock or, worse still, do not care for the news, you would’ve heard that the High Court of Australia handed down its judgment on the fate of seven Members of Parliament and Senators, the most prolific of which was none other than Deputy PM Barnaby Joyce. The only survivors … Continue reading Why The High Court Got It 100% Right

Catalonia and the struggle for independence

This week saw the violent clashes between the Spanish Government and Catalonian secessionists over an independence referendum held on the 1st of October. With some news outlets reporting that 900 people have been injured in the violence, in which police sought to disrupt the vote, it’s hard to see this issue vanishing from the headlines any time soon. The referendum, which was deemed illegal by … Continue reading Catalonia and the struggle for independence

Japan: What’s Next for Article 9?

Japan’s foreign policy in the post-world war two era is renowned for their strong focus on pacifism and non-aggression. This can be directly attributed to anti-war sentiments that arose after Japan’s defeat in the war, and also due to their own post-war constitution which came into effect in 1947; born out of a joint effort by both the Japanese government and the Allied forces during … Continue reading Japan: What’s Next for Article 9?

VSU will end campus censorship, says Senator Paterson

Australia is experiencing a worrying growth of hostility towards free speech. Nowhere is this worse than on university campuses, where the current generation of student politicians are importing divisive ideas about race and gender from the United States and United Kingdom. To combat this censorious culture, conservative and classical liberal students should revive the battle for voluntary student unionism. Australian university campuses have long been … Continue reading VSU will end campus censorship, says Senator Paterson