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Future Directions International (FDI) is an independent, not-for-profit Research Institute. It was established in 2000, by Major General (Retd) the Honourable Michael Jeffery (former Governor General of Australia) together with a small group of leading Australians, to conduct comprehensive research of important medium to long-term issues facing Australia.

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16 February 2017

Allowing foreign defence forces to access Australian military establishments and field training ranges is fundamental to maintaining regional security and long-standing strategic alliances. Military facilities can, however, be environmentally and culturally disruptive and can prevent land use for other purposes. The negative aspects of permanent, foreign military bases in Australia notwithstanding, they can be used strategically as a development tool for northern Australia.

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14 February 2017

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07 February 2017

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  • 15 February 2017
    What’s Next?

    In Indonesia, regional elections are taking place in 101 provinces, cities and districts across the country on 15 February.  In Jakarta, the poll will decide who becomes the city's next governor.  

  • 20 December 2016
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    French Overseas Territories Minister Ericka Bareigts ends an official visit to La Réunion on 20 December. Singapore and Malaysia will sign an agreement for a high-speed rail link on 21 December.

  • 13 December 2016
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    Defence Industry Minister Christopher Pyne is visiting the UK, France, Austria and Saudi Arabia to promote Australian defence exports. On 15 December, he will discuss the Future Submarines programme with his French counterparts.

  • 23 November 2016
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    King Abdullah II and Queen Rania of Jordan are in Australia from 23-27 Nov. The sixteenth Leaders’ Summit of the Organisation Internationale de la Francophonie will be held in Antananarivo, Madagascar, on  26-27 Nov.


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