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A state funeral will be held for asylum seekers who drowned off the Italian coast last week. What can Australians learn from the way Europe responds to such boat tragedies, asks Claudia Tazreiter.

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If Labor is to last longer in government next time around, it needs to better define not only itself but its opponent, writes Mark Rolfe. 

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Visiting New York for Leader's Week should be core business for Prime Minister Tony Abbott, write Jeni Whalan and Jeremy Farrall. 

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The Abbott government is likely to affirm the Indo-Pacific nature of Australia's strategic and trade outlook, writes Rory Medcalf. 

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Both major parties have approached the complexities of NSW with piecemeal policies in constrained circumstances. Neither has an industry policy, argues Mark Rolfe. 

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Given the importance of the seats of Dobell and Robertson, the political parties should have done their utmost to get good quality candidates without troublesome baggage, argues Mark Rolfe.

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Australia's presidency of the UN Security Council is an opportunity for the government to support the women, peace and security agenda in Syria, writes Laura Shepherd.

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Australia should use its position as president of the UN Security Council to deliver durable improvements to the Council's effectiveness, write Jeremy Farrall and Jeni Whalan. 

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While Kevin Rudd isn't infallible or a sure winner at the coming election, it will take more than the ICAC recommendations to knock him off his game, writes Marke Rolfe. 

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With the rise of China delivering sweeping economic benefits, it’s time for Australia to come to grips with one of its most robust and potentially problematic relationships.

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