While accepting the importance and value of the trade relationship with China, our new program called China and Free Societies aims to raise awareness of the challenges growing Chinese government influence poses to a free and democratic Australia.


The 12-Week Window: Coronavirus crisis Australia didn’t have to have
Salvatore Babones
02 June 2020 | AP9

The coronavirus crisis was ‘the crisis that Australia didn’t have to have’. This paper lays out a detailed weekly timeline of the crucial first twelve weeks of the crisis, which were Australia’s window of opportunity for fighting the virus at the border instead of in…

Mitigating the New Cold War: Managing US-China trade, tech and geopolitical conflict
Alan Dupont
22 May 2020 | AP8

This paper concludes that the linked US-China trade, technology and geopolitical conflicts have precipitated a new Cold War.  Dr Alan Dupont, outlines that the world’s two major powers are wrestling for strategic advantage in an increasingly bitter contest to determine which of them will be…

Australia's Export Exposure to China's Coronavirus Epidemic
Salvatore Babones
18 February 2020 | AP7

This paper estimates the direct and immediate effects of the coronavirus epidemic on the revenues of Australia’s major export industries. It breaks down Australia’s exports to China across 18 major industry groups, including both goods and services exports. China’s coronavirus epidemic is likely to cost…

The China Student Boom and the Risks It Poses to Australian Universities
Salvatore Babones
20 August 2019 | AP5

Australia’s universities are taking a multi-million dollar gamble with taxpayer money to pursue a high-risk, high-reward international growth strategy. Their revenues are booming as they enrol record numbers of international students, particularly from China. As long as their bets on the international student market pay…

The China Challenge
Rowan Callick
28 July 2019 | OP171

The rise of the People’s Republic of China (PRC) has helped make Australia rich, but it is also posing challenges to its values, interests, alliances and thus its identity. Xi Xinping’s ambitious New Era represents a decisive break with the Old Era under Deng Xiaoping…

Media & Commentary

Second lockdown inevitable
Monica Wilkie
10 July 2020 | Ideas@theCentre

Parts of Victoria are going back into Stage 3 lockdown. This was inevitable – not due to rising coronavirus cases, but because in March we relinquished everything to fight COVID-19.…

Responses to ‘Mitigating the New Cold War‘
Alan Dupont
01 July 2020 | CIS

Responses to Dr Alan Dupont’s CIS paper, which concludes that the linked US-China trade, technology and geopolitical conflicts have precipitated a new Cold War.  Dr Alan Dupont, outlines that the…

Vindicated: John Mearsheimer saw today’s bellicose China coming
Tom Switzer
29 May 2020 | The Australian

Rarely in history has an academic been as intellectually vindicated as John Mearsheimer. Two decades ago, his bold thesis was that great-power rivalry was not over. Like many prophets, Mearsheimer…

The book you need if you want to understand China right now
Tom Switzer
29 May 2020 | Financial Review

The deterioration in relations between China and the US is a dangerous development. The friction does not just reflect the Communist Party regime’s opacity concerning the outbreak of COVID-19 in Wuhan. Nor…

Even now our universities remain addicted to China
Salvatore Babones
19 February 2020 | The Australian

Australia isn’t the only country exposed to a novel coronavirus recession in China. The COVID-19 epidemic is first and foremost a human tragedy, but it also has raised fears about…