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TASK: As a senior policy adviser in the Department of The Prime Minister and Cabinet, you have been tasked with preparing a concise, policy memorandum of 1,000 words* on how Australia can promote peace and stability in the Taiwan Strait. In the memo, you will need to provide a brief assessment regarding Australia’s current China/Taiwan policy and recommend a particular course of action that would best serve the national interests and security of Australia. Support your policy memo with reference to appropriate sources and/or scholarship.
This is essentially a role-playing exercise, putting yourself in the position of an advisor to the Hypothetical Prime Minister. General advice for writing of almost all kinds is to focus clearly on your audience. Here, you are not writing for a general audience, or even for a specialized audience of, say, theorists in academies. Your memo has a highly specific audience and a narrow objective.
You need a clear, succinct yet comprehensive explanation of the problem-in-context. You need to explain plausible policy options, including rigorous calculations of risks, costs and potential benefits, including political and security elements. Then, you have to recommend one or more of these, depending on what your boss wants to do.
This is a good exercise in plain, transparent writing. They don’t call it a ‘brief’ for nothing. It has to be short, sharp, and packed full of what the Prime Minister needs to make a sound decision.