Monthly Archives: April 2017

  • The public consultation period on the Government’s strategy for Australia’s foreign policy, the DFAT White Paper, came to an end in February. With virtually zero evidence of public engagement on the issue, it is not clear whether DFAT even wanted to hear from the public: the process was limited from the start. In response, AID/WATCH, […]

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  • It’s time to remember just what the existing foreign policy has delivered.  Since the 2003 White Paper, Advancing the National Interest, Australia has routinely undermined global norms. We have been at the forefront of breaking global commitments on military intervention, on the climate crisis and on development, to name just three. Highlights from the last […]

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  • Australia’s ambassadors are meeting behind closed doors in Canberra this week, to discuss the Government’s proposed new direction on foreign policy. While paying more than a $1 million on talking to their ambassadors. There have been two months of by-invitation DFAT ‘consultations’, and a public ‘submission’ process for the White Paper on the basis of […]

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