As Tony Abbott arrives in the US for his first face-to-face meeting with Barack Obama, his failure to learn from the past on climate change could cause yet another diplomatic bungle, warns Christian Downie.
If Australia's defence planners can clearly identify the types of conflicts that are likeliest to engage the ADF, then the 2015 white paper should deliver an affordable and capable defence force, writes Alan Dupont.
The historical record shows that no party has a monopoly on human rights reform. It also shows that every government has, at some point, deserved criticism for breaching human rights, argues George Williams.
A review of the defence department is a herculean task and its success relies on challenging vested interests and institutional inertia by establishing an independent inquiry with a broad remit, writes Alan Dupont.