Hugh Piper

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Hugh Piper is Program Lead at the Asia-Pacific Development, Diplomacy and Defence Dialogue. He is also Deputy Editor of The Policymaker, a publication of the James Martin Institute for Public Policy. He was formerly a strategic policy adviser and ministerial speechwriter at the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade. The opinions expressed are his own.

Australia should have more public holidays – but make them civic and secular
Australia should have more public holidays – but make them civic and secular
Allowing people to choose their own days of significance would better reflect our modern national identity.
Redemption complete? Australia’s image and the end of “sandpaper gate”
Redemption complete? Australia’s image and the end of “sandpaper gate”
The only truly national sport is bound to local identity – but believing in exceptionalism is a dangerous game.
“Should democracies ever lie?” Sort of. Maybe. Not really
“Should democracies ever lie?” Sort of. Maybe. Not really
Bending the truth corrupts confidence in democratic institutions and risks a race to the bottom.
There must be a better way: Australia’s diplomatic appointments
There must be a better way: Australia’s diplomatic appointments
Transparency in deciding who gets to represent the country abroad can only be a benefit.
Australia’s new government seizes the international bully pulpit
Australia’s new government seizes the international bully pulpit
Labor brings a distinct change in rhetoric to foreign and strategic policy. Here are the top five takeaways.
Scott Morrison wins. So where to next for Australia in the world?
Scott Morrison wins. So where to next for Australia in the world?
A returned Coalition government faces immediate headaches (and opportunities) in its foreign policy.
Imagining Labor’s first 100 days in foreign policy
Imagining Labor’s first 100 days in foreign policy
It’s 22 May. And although Anthony Albanese is yet to get his feet under the desk, priorities are already piling up.
Time to think big on the future of Australian diplomacy
Time to think big on the future of Australian diplomacy
A good start would put the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade at the centre of decision-making and coordination.
Australian cricket’s soft power opportunity
Australian cricket’s soft power opportunity
A hat trick of factors calls for all-round success, and a recognition of bigger issues, including gender equality.
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