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.

Nick Kelly: Implementing Regenerative Farming on Hollands Track Farm

An increasing number of Western Australian grain producers are committing to farming methods that avoid the use of extensive tillage and synthetic chemicals. One such producer is Nick Kelly of Hollands Track Farm near Newdegate in southern WA. Over the last two decades, Nick has focused on nurturing soil health by building and maintaining soil organic material to promote biological activity in his soils.

Suicide in Rural and Remote Australia: Mental Health Strategies cannot effectively Operate in Isolation

The incidence of suicide among people located in Australia’s rural and remote regions is increasing. Alarmingly, suicide rates of young Indigenous males are far in excess of the national average. National and State governments need to work together to implement the policies and strategies that have already been identified to address the unfortunate and disturbing trend that is gaining national prominence.

Keith Pekin: Implementing Regenerative Agriculture in WA

The health of our agricultural soils is declining caused by salinity, acidity and other factors. West Australian farmers, with support from government, are working hard to improve their soil and land management practices to ensure their ability to be able to produce the food needed to feed our future population.

Corporate Social Responsibility: Benefits for Business and Community

While large multinational corporations traditionally dominate the field of corporate social responsibility, there is significant potential for small- to medium-sized Australian businesses to benefit their local communities by adopting effective corporate social responsibility practices. Indeed, many such businesses unknowingly already conduct programmes aligned to community support; formalising these practices can have significant positive effects for both the practising business and the community.

Sue Daubney: Bannister Downs Dairy

Opportunities exist for Australian farmers to develop and expand their farm business operations, with the objective of producing healthy and safe food for domestic and international markets. Key factors that will influence their business development will be incorporating both current and future technology in combination with automated food products, packaging and distribution systems.

The Honourable Jim Chown MLC, Member for Agricultural Region; Shadow Minister for Agriculture & Food; Regional Development; Royalties for Regions; Fisheries

The farming industry in Western Australia plays a major role in feeding the State’s growing population and that of the rest of the country. If our farmers are to continue to be able to meet the future demand for healthy and nutritious food, investment in diverse agricultural research and development programmes will be required.

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.

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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