The bill overreaches by seeking to regulate activities across education, culture, research and trade, says Melissa Conley Tyler. Photo: Reuters The bill overreaches by seeking to regulate activities across education, culture, research and trade, says Melissa Conley Tyler. Photo: Reuters
The bill overreaches by seeking to regulate activities across education, culture, research and trade, says Melissa Conley Tyler. Photo: Reuters
Melissa Conley Tyler
Opinion

Opinion

Melissa Conley Tyler

Why Australia’s foreign relations bill should not pass parliament

  • The proposed law assumes speaking with ‘one voice’ in foreign policy is a positive thing, when the modern idea of diplomacy emphasises broad engagement
  • If the bill is directed at China, the irony is that fighting the Chinese Community Party seems to bring out the Australian government’s authoritarian tendencies

The bill overreaches by seeking to regulate activities across education, culture, research and trade, says Melissa Conley Tyler. Photo: Reuters The bill overreaches by seeking to regulate activities across education, culture, research and trade, says Melissa Conley Tyler. Photo: Reuters
The bill overreaches by seeking to regulate activities across education, culture, research and trade, says Melissa Conley Tyler. Photo: Reuters
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Melissa Conley Tyler

Melissa Conley Tyler

Melissa Conley Tyler is Research Fellow in the Asia Institute of The University of Melbourne, transferring from her role as Director of Diplomacy at Asialink. She came to the University after serving as National Executive Director of the Australian Institute of International Affairs for 13 years.