THE next government should commit to Australia providing leadership in the Indo–Pacific in oceans affairs. Countries can’t be good at everything, but we should try to be a smart nation in ocean affairs, Anthony Bergin of the Australian Strategic Policy Institute argues. Australia’s a three ocean country with significant national interests in the Pacific, Indian and Southern Oceans, as well as interests the Coral Sea and in the Arafura and Timor seas. Oceans define our geography. They’re critical to our security, with our dependence on maritime commerce and the maintenance of freedom of movement for shipping.