Independent Strategic Analysis of Australia’s Global Interests

Northern Australia & Land Care

Northern Australia, that region of Australia north of the Tropic of Capricorn, provides a wealth of economic opportunities for our nation. This region is also strategically important for the vital role it plays in border protection and as an interface for broader engagement with neighbouring states.

Australia Must Learn from Past Lessons to Increase Firefighting Efficiency

The implementation of recommendations made in recent government reports would facilitate more effective firefighting and fire management, which could help to significantly reduce the disastrous effects of bushfires on Australian communities.

State Level Initiatives a Success, but More Must be Done to Protect WA’s Threatened Native Species

State-led conservation initiatives can only provide marginal gains in the face of the broader effects of climate change in Australia. Comprehensive Australia-wide strategies are needed to protect already vulnerable native species from those effects. These strategies must be implemented in tandem with the successful pre-existing State Government-led initiatives.

Plan For Our Parks: Benefiting Western Australia’s Conservation Estate

There is the potential for significant benefit to Western Australia through a new programme to expand the size of the State’s conservation estate.

Peter Batt: The State of Food and Agriculture, Part 2

The ability to meet rising food demand, in light of continuing population growth, is of increasing concern to the global community. In response, government, public and private enterprise, farmers and food producers and the wider community, must recognise and deal with a range of conflicting issues relating to our ability to ensure food security.

Peter Batt: The State of Food and Agriculture, Part 1

The ability to meet food demand, in light of continuing population growth, is of increasing concern to the global community. In response, government, public and private enterprise, farmers and food producers and the wider community, must recognise and deal with a range of conflicting issues relating to our ability to ensure food security.

Major General The Honourable Michael Jeffery, AC, AO (Mil), CVO, MC (Retd): National Soils Advocate

Since 2012, General Jeffery has striven to provide leadership and national strategic direction to the extensive work being done by soil scientists and landscape managers across Australia. He has worked tirelessly to raise public awareness of the critical role soil plays in underpinning sustainable agricultural productivity and helping to meet the global challenges of food security and climate change.

Major General Stephen Day, DSC, AM: Coordinator-General for Drought, Part 2

Gaining an understanding of the wide-ranging effects of the current drought in Australia is critical to defining, developing and implementing effective strategies for future drought preparedness. It is also important to consider social, economic and environmental factors in that strategy.

Major General Stephen Day, DSC, AM: Coordinator-General for Drought, Part One

As the dry conditions in Australia continue to worsen, the immediate effects that drought has on farmers and farming communities need to be understood and communicated widely. So too, does the necessity of determining, defining and articulating the higher order social, economic and environmental consequences.

Doug Pow: Dung Beetles, Eco-engineers

Across Australia, more and more farmers are committing to changing their farming practices by incorporating natural, biological systems to reduce costly inputs while at the same time, realising improved soils and better farming outcomes.

Stephen Frost – Stonemeal Farm

Daily, Australian primary producers face challenges to their farm operations. These can vary from the availability of water and health of their stock, to plant health, disease and a changing climate. Addressing those issues directly reflects on farm productivity and ‘bottom line’ outcomes. Adopting a biological approach in farming practices results in fewer issues needing to be addressed, lower costs and increased productivity.

Publication Guide

  • Associate papers are primary source assessments written by FDI associates. The assessment topics range from regional bilateral relationships and opportunities and challenges in our neighbouring countries.

  • Feature interviews are interviews conducted by an FDI Research Manager. Interview topics range from the sustainability of our planet to the improved provision of emergency food aid.

  • Normally issued in hardcopy, these represent a comprehensive study of one of FDI’s four research areas.

  • Strategic alerts are priority current intelligence items. We provide these alerts when events such as military deployments or foreign election results occur.

  • A 1500 to 3000 word, single topic assessment.

  • A number of short articles addressing current intelligence topics, issued each week.

  • A record of discussions resulting from a single, or series of, roundtable conferences.

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