Federal Labor has unveiled a wide-ranging new policy for engagement with Asia, moving away from “gradualism” to an agenda of a whole-of-government deepening and broadening of Australia’s approach to Asia.
With Parliament in recess until October 16, Labor leader Bill Shorten seized the opportunity to demonstrate bipartisanship with the Government on the question of North Korea.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says Australia will move quickly to implement the new, tougher sanctions on North Korea, approved by the United Nations Security Council.
Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has launched the Australia Government’s Consular Strategy 2017-19, which will guide Australia’s consular priorities for the next three years and “ensure our service maintains world’s best practice”.
Trade Minister Steven Ciobo and China’s Commerce Minister Zhong Shan have signed an agreement that will underpin greater trade and investment between the two countries.
The Australian Government has signed a joint statement with China to deliver greater market access for Australia’s red meat and live animal export industries.
The imminent visit of Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu has created unexpected pressure on Labor leader, Bill Shorten, to commit the ALP to the diplomatic recognition of Palestine.
With Donald Trump installed in the White House the transition of international – and national – politics to entertainment appears complete.
Since the Trump landslide almost every politician and commentator in Australia – as elsewhere – has sought to extract from the US result the appropriate and most salient local lessons.
Eye-catching story of the week was that Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull became just the second head of government to speak personally to Donald Trump after his election success because Australia’s ambassador to the US, Joe Hockey, passed on Mr Trump’s private mobile number.
Australia has ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change.
The Australian Government has reached a resettlement agreement with the United States for refugees currently in processing centres in Nauru and Manus Island.
The federal Government has commissioned an independent review into Australia’s intelligence agencies.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, on behalf of the Australian Government, has congratulated US President-elect Donald Trump on his ‘historic’ election victory and offered “best wishes” to Secretary Hillary Clinton.
The scheduled state visit to Australia by Indonesian President Joko Widodo was cancelled.
Former trade minister Andrew Robb has become a “high-level economic consultant” with the Chinese company Landbridge Group that now operates Darwin Port.
The leader of the Australian Greens has been criticised by fellow parliamentarians and Jewish groups for attacking the late Shimon Peres in a speech in the Senate.
Victorian Senator Derryn Hinch, of the Justice Party, says the nine Australians detained in Malaysia after stripping down to their underwear at the Grand Prix as “foolish” and “stupid”.
Treasurer Scott Morrison has announced major changes to the controversial backpacker tax.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told a high-level UN panel on water that there are vitally important agricultural regions of the world.
Australia’s trade office in Iran has reopened after the easing of sanctions that had isolated it from trade and investment with many countries like Australia.
Australia will continue to play a leading role in global efforts to assist refugees, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told a leaders’ summit in New York, convened by US President Barack Obama.
New Victorian Senator Derryn Hinch says sex offenders could be banned from heading to Asia for child sex tours within three months.
The Government has released for consultation draft amendments to the Register of Foreign Ownership of Agricultural Land Act which will establish a register of foreign ownership of water entitlements.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced Australia will expand its rules of engagement in the Middle East to remove existing bans on the Australian military which prevent them attacking non-combatant key personnel.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has urged world leaders to resist rising calls for protectionism, mostly stemming from slow economic growth.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says preliminary discussions have already begun on trading arrangements with Britain when it leaves the European Union. But he says that departure is still “some years” away.
Australia has agreed to close its controversial offshore detention centre for would-be asylum seekers on Manus Island, according to the Papua New Guinea Government.
With Parliament to resume on Tuesday 30 August following the 2 July election, one of the most surprising and promising developments – for all those troubled by Australia’s treatment of refugees and asylum seekers – has been the emergence of a serious public debate about offshore detention.
The Australian Financial Review’s well-regarded political editor Laura Tingle wrote recently that “Labor has been cautious about delving into the issue of asylum seekers because it has felt vulnerable on the issue in the past and not wanted to appear ‘soft’.