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Source: The Conversation (Au and NZ) – By Michelle Grattan, Professorial Fellow, University of Canberra

University of Canberra Professorial Fellow Michelle Grattan and University of Canberra Vice-Chancellor Professor Paddy Nixon talk about this week in politics.

They canvass the war between Russia and Ukraine, as Western nations continue to ramp up tough sanctions against Russia and uncertainty hangs over the future.

Meanwhile the Quad (the US, Japan, India, Australia) met in the early hours of Friday (Australian time) when leaders reaffirmed “their commitment to a free and open Indo-Pacific”. This follows concern by some observers that the events in Eastern Europe could embolden the Chinese to move against Taiwan.

Paddy and Michelle also discuss the devastating floods in Queensland and NSW, as well as the possible disruption COVID could bring for electioneering.

The Conversation

Michelle Grattan does not work for, consult, own shares in or receive funding from any company or organisation that would benefit from this article, and has disclosed no relevant affiliations beyond their academic appointment.

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