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
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.
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.
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.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the Coalition has committed to invest $58 million over four years to expand Australia’s diplomatic network.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull says the Coalition’s ambitious trade agenda is critical for job creation and growth.
Australia has hosted the twelfth round of negotiations towards a major new free trade agreement – the Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership (RCEP).
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a strengthening of ties between Australia and the United States on cyber security.
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.
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.
Trade and Investment Minister Andrew Robb has announced that the China Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) will come into force from 20 December.
Federal Treasurer Scott Morrison has ordered foreign nationals to sell a further seven Australian residential properties acquired in breach of the foreign investment framework.
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.
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).
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull has been treading the international stage, visiting Indonesia, Germany, Turkey and the Philippines for a series of bilateral and multilateral.
With the exception of the notorious, welded-on Tony Abbott cheer squad, the public mood appears to be wishing Malcolm Turnbull continued success.
Parliament is currently in the middle of a two-week recess and will resume sitting on Monday 9 November.
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.
An end appears to be in sight to the deadlock over ratification of China-Australia Free Trade Agreement.
The contentious Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP) has finally been signed-off by negotiators after a marathon session in the American city of Atlanta.
Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and his ministers are treading carefully as they adjust to the change of leadership from Tony Abbott.
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.
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.
In one of his last announcements Treasurer, Joe Hockey said the Government intended to start negotiations on a new Double Taxation Agreement with Israel.
The Government has announced a new strategy to increase private sector involvement in the design and delivery of Australia’s foreign aid program.
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 resumed on Monday 7 September following a two week recess and is sitting for two weeks until Thursday 17 September.
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.
A growing number of senior Labor figures support the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (FTA), despite the opposition of federal Labor under Bill Shorten.
Parliament resumes for a two week sitting on Monday 7 September, following a two week recess.