Foreign Affairs

August 2016

Publication of the ‘Nauru Files’ by Guardian Australia – August 2016

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

Australia’s offshore detention regime has been under increased pressure since the Guardian Australia’s publication of the ‘Nauru files’ last week.

Papua New Guinea High Court decision ordering closure of Manus Island detention centre - August 2016

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

Immigration Minister Peter Dutton’s meeting with PNG Prime Minister Peter O’Neill over the PNG Supreme Court’s pre-election order to close the Manus Island detention centre was most likely a delaying operation designed to show the Australian Government is trying to help the PNG Government implement the decision, while both Government’s seek a solution.

First woman appointed to head Foreign Affairs Department – August 2016

Filed under: Politics, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced the appointment of Ms Frances Adamson as secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade following the retirement of Peter Varghese.

July 2016

Turnbull argues only Coalition majority government can deliver stability – July 2016

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

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull formally launched the Liberal Party election campaign June 25, stressing the need for “stability” after the British vote to leave the European Union.

International and diplomatic security policy proposed – July 2016

Filed under: Politics, Foreign Affairs, Public Sector, National Security, Trade and industry,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the Coalition has committed to invest $58 million over four years to expand Australia’s diplomatic network.

June 2016

Coalition outlines trade agreement plans – June 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the Coalition’s ambitious trade agenda is critical for job creation and growth.

May 2016

Australia looks towards new regional trade grouping – May 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

Australia has hosted the twelfth round of negotiations towards a major new free trade agreement – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).

February 2016

Cyber security cooperation with US strengthened – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, IT, Telecommunications,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a strengthening of ties between Australia and the United States on cyber security.

Baptist World Aid electronics report – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, IT,

A Fairfax Media report has highlighted the findings of a Baptist World Aid report which found that electronics companies are wilfully ignoring the often exploitative conditions under which raw materials used in their products and components are produced.

Churches and community sector rally behind asylum seekers – February 2016

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Charities, Health, Immigration,

Church groups, community organisations and Australia’s non-government international aid bodies have rallied in support of asylum seekers and urged the Government not to return asylum seekers to Nauru and Manus Island.

December 2015

China trade agreement comes into effect 20 December 2015 – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has announced that the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will come into force from 20 December.

Government forces further property divestments – December 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Investment,

Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has ordered foreign nationals to sell a further seven Australian residential properties acquired in breach of the foreign investment framework.

November 2015

No respite from internal issues as Labor builds Pacific bridges – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Climate Change,

Opposition Leader Bill Shorten and Deputy Leader Tanya Plibersek have been visiting Pacific island nations to draw attention to the dangers posed by climate change to some of Australia’s near neighbours.

Government and Labor finalise ChAFTA agreement – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

The federal Government and Opposition have struck an agreement to ensure the passage through the Parliament of legislation to implement the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA).

Turnbull rides high overseas and at home – November 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been treading the international stage, visiting Indonesia, Germany, Turkey and the Philippines for a series of bilateral and multilateral.

Challenges grow just as Turnbull adds international success to his resume – November 2015

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Tax,

With the exception of the notorious, welded-on Tony Abbott cheer squad, the public mood appears to be wishing Malcolm Turnbull continued success.

October 2015

Parliament and politics: Refugee policy likely to test Turnbull’s political skills – Oct

Filed under: Australian Politics, Budget, Foreign Affairs, Financial System Inquiry, Tax,

Parliament is currently in the middle of a two-week recess and will resume sitting on Monday 9 November.

European Commission plans free trade negotiations with Australia – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

The European Commission has released a new trade and investment strategy, confirming it will seek authorisation from the EU’s member countries, to negotiate a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) with Australia.

Government and Labor negotiate on China trade deal ‘safeguards’ – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

An end appears to be in sight to the deadlock over ratification of China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.

Negotiators reach agreement on Trans Pacific Partnership – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

The contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has finally been signed-off by negotiators after a marathon session in the American city of Atlanta.

Critics speak out as Coalition finds stride – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Economy, Immigration, Trade,

Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his ministers are treading carefully as they adjust to the change of leadership from Tony Abbott.

Greens call for TPP scrutiny – October 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

The Greens have expressed scepticism about the alleged benefits to flow from the Trans-Pacific Partnership trade agreement and called for an urgent disclosure of the full text of the agreement.

The outlines of change are emerging – October 2015

Filed under: National Security, Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Senate, Tax,

Although it is unfashionable to admit it, day-to-day public Federal politics, which is composed of a series of consultations, decisions and policy announcements, has fallen into something of an hiatus over the last week.

September 2015

Negotiations start on Australia-Israel tax agreement – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Tax,

In one of his last announcements Treasurer, Joe Hockey said the Government intended to start negotiations on a new Double Taxation Agreement with Israel.

Increased private sector involvement in Australian foreign aid – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs,

The Government has announced a new strategy to increase private sector involvement in the design and delivery of Australia’s foreign aid program.

Syrian refugee crisis – Baptist Care Australia and other responses – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Immigration,

In a joint media release with Australian Baptist Ministries, Baptist Care Australia welcomed the Government’s response to the Syrian refugee crisis and urged it to go further.

Parliament and Politics – 11 September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Elections, Foreign Affairs, Immigration, Trade,

Parliament resumed on Monday 7 September following a two week recess and is sitting for two weeks until Thursday 17 September.

Bigger private sector role in Australian aid – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Business,

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has announced a new strategy to enhance the Government’s engagement with the private sector across all areas of the aid program.

Dispute escalates over labour testing in China Free Trade Agreement – September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Trade,

A growing number of senior Labor figures support the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), despite the opposition of federal Labor under Bill Shorten.

Political Calendar – Week ending Friday 4 September 2015

Filed under: Australian Politics, Foreign Affairs, Senate, Tax, Trade,

Parliament resumes for a two week sitting on Monday 7 September, following a two week recess.

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