Foreign Affairs

October 2017

Labor outlines ‘Asian engagement’ agenda – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

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.

Labor highlights bipartisanship over North Korea – October 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

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.

August 2017

Australia to implement new sanctions against North Korea – August 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

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.

Australian consular strategy unveiled – August 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

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”.

April 2017

Australia and China sign agreement for greater trade and investment – April 2017

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade and industry, Trade,

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.

Australia and China sign joint statement on enhancing agricultural trade – April 2017

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade and industry, Trade,

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.

February 2017

Growing internal pressures on Shorten over Israel policy – February 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

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.

Other issues struggle for air against Trump juggernaut – February 2017

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

With Donald Trump installed in the White House the transition of international – and national – politics to entertainment appears complete.

November 2016

The Trump lesson – the link between stagnating incomes and populism – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

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.

Turnbull reached Trump early via Greg Norman via Joe Hockey – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

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 ratifies Paris climate change agreement – November 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Environment, Politics, Foreign Affairs,

Australia has ratified the Paris Agreement on climate change.

Australia strikes refugee resettlement agreement with US – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Social and Community, Immigration,

The Australian Government has reached a resettlement agreement with the United States for refugees currently in processing centres in Nauru and Manus Island.

Review of Australian intelligence agencies announced – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Public Sector, Defence,

The federal Government has commissioned an independent review into Australia’s intelligence agencies.

Turnbull, Shorten reaffirm relationship with US after Trump victory – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs,

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.

Indonesian PM cancels Australian visit – November 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs,

The scheduled state visit to Australia by Indonesian President Joko Widodo was cancelled.

Former trade minister joins Chinese port owner as consultant – November 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Economy, Politics, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

Former trade minister Andrew Robb has become a “high-level economic consultant” with the Chinese company Landbridge Group that now operates Darwin Port.

October 2016

Di Natale under fire for Peres criticism – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

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.

Hinch criticises Malaysian grand prix yahoos – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs,

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”.

Government modifies backpacker tax – October 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Tax, Politics, Foreign Affairs,

Treasurer Scott Morrison has announced major changes to the controversial backpacker tax.

Prime Minister sets scene for Australia’s role in international water moves – October 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Climate Change, Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade and industry,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has told a high-level UN panel on water that there are vitally important agricultural regions of the world.

Australian trade office in Iran to reopen – October 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade and industry, Trade,

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.

September 2016

Prime Minister’s comments spark speculation about refugee swap with US – September 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Social and Community, Immigration,

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.

Derryn Hinch’s Justice Party – September 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

New Victorian Senator Derryn Hinch says sex offenders could be banned from heading to Asia for child sex tours within three months.

Consultation on foreign ownership of water rights – September 2016

Filed under: Environment and Indigenous Affairs, Environment, Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade and industry,

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.

Government widens allowable terrorist targets in National Security statement – September 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Public Sector, Defence, National Security,

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.

Trade and growth at centre of Turnbull’s G20 pitch – September 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Economy, Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade and industry,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has urged world leaders to resist rising calls for protectionism, mostly stemming from slow economic growth.

August 2016

Turnbull returns to economy, seeks Labor support for Budget repair – August 2016

Filed under: Economy and Finance, Economy, Politics, Budget, Foreign Affairs,

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.

Manus closure agreed but no time frame – August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Social and Community, Immigration,

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.

Asylum seekers and the return of parliament – August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Elections, Foreign Affairs, Social and Community,

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.

Labor more willing to discuss offshore detention – August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Social and Community, Immigration,

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’.

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