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A Shock to the System – Prescribing Australia’s Immigration Policy post-COVID-19

In recent years, Australia’s immigrant intake has trended toward policies that prioritise short-term skill shortages and the productivity needs of the economy through temporary migration flows. While this has allowed Australia to procure stocks of talent and skilled labour, the impact of COVID-19 has highlighted the disruption of transnational labour mobility networks and regional disparities …

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Why Covid-19 makes the case for increased Australian export to ASEAN.

Trade between Australia and our ASEAN neighbours in the Southeast Asian region has been a growing sector of the Australian economy for some time, as well as a region of focus for diplomatic and strategic partnership building. Emphasis has increasingly been on strengthening Australian bilateral relations with those nations in the ASEAN region, as reflected …

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Transparent information is vital to ASEAN states’ responses to COVID-19

The escalation of COVID-19 globally has warranted states to respond within the confines of their own borders. The Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) made a collective statement on 30 April 2020 to respond to the virus with “preparedness, prevention, detection and response.” Although ASEAN as an entity has noted the seriousness of COVID-19, responses …

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Soda and pork intestines: When COVID-19 relief operations miss the mark

As a developing country with one of the highest cases of COVID-19 in Southeast Asia, relief operations in the Philippines are seen to be a lifesaving act to people in need. Unfortunately, some relief operations have been poorly allocated, abused by beneficiaries, and hindered by asymmetrical coordination between different actors. Primitivo III “Prime” Cabanes Ragandang explores.