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Naturally, Serengeti holds answers as graziers win battle to save the land

1 December 2011
FOR former governor-general Michael Jeffery, the Murray-Darling Basin plan and carbon tax debate are side issues to the urgent task of transforming how Australian farmers manage the land. Major General Jeffery wants to prove that, done well, natural farming methods can satisfy the water needs of agriculture and the environment, improve farm productivity and lock...

Sri Lankan stability critical to New Delhi’s Indian Ocean ambitions

27 October 2011
    Although Sri Lanka’s relations with the US and the EU have remained strained since the end of the civil war, Sri Lanka’s relations with India, a key Western strategic partner, are stronger today than they have been since the 1970s. A recent meeting in May this year between Sri Lanka’s Minister of External...

Beijing and Xinjiang: long-term problems

14 September 2011
As China’s largest province, Xinjiang spans over 1.6 million square kilometres and amounts to one-sixth of China’s total land area. Indeed, the sheer size of the province makes it highly strategic, especially given that it shares a 5,600 km border with eight countries: Russia to the north, Mongolia to the northeast, Kazakhstan to the northwest,...

Indo-US defence cooperation: a confluence of strategic interests

2 August 2011
Comment Since the US intervention in Afghanistan, Indo-US relations have expanded and developed into what is now a strategic partnership. A significant facet of this relationship is in the sphere of defence co-operation, which has seen successive US governments sell high-tech arms and military equipment to the Indian military. The latest deal follows in the...

Starvation Stakes

1 August 2011
By Katherine Fleming, 23 July 2011 It sounds like mission impossible: to feed the world we need to produce as much food in the next 40 years as we did in the past 500, without using more land, water, energy or fertiliser, amid a rapidly growing population and against a background of climate change. It’s...

Defence could protect oil, gas industry

1 August 2011
By Max Blenkin, AAP Defence Correspondent 22 June 2011   More warships and combat aircraft could be based in western and northern Australia to provide frontline defence against terror or pirate attack on the booming oil and gas industry. Defence Minister Stephen Smith said a new review of the defence force's posture would ensure the...

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