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Mathias Cormann: the OECD candidate who helped destroy Australia’s carbon-trading scheme

Mathias Cormann: the OECD candidate who helped destroy Australia’s carbon-trading scheme

The former finance minister’s ‘climate pivot’ has been met with a mixture of exasperation and bemusement in CanberraFri 19 Feb 2021 17.22 ESTFirst published on Fri 19 Feb 2021 14.06 ESTWhen the outgoing head of the OECD to “put a big fat price on carbon”, it might not have gone down well with the Australian vying to replace him.Mathias Cormann, one of the to replace Ángel Gurría as OECD secretary general, was finance minister in the conservative government that abolished a carbon pricing scheme that had driven cuts in Australia’s emissions.Despite his record of campaigning against the...

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Australia to help south-east Asia combat crime as China deepens influence in region

Australia to help south-east Asia combat crime as China deepens influence in region

A new program will help countries in the Mekong region tackle drug and human trafficking, child sexual exploitation and financial crimesSat 30 Jan 2021 14.00 ESTLast modified on Sat 30 Jan 2021 14.02 ESTAustralia will ramp up its efforts to help south-east Asian countries fight serious crime, as it seeks to build influence in a region where is increasingly dominant.The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade is considering prospective bidders to oversee the new program focusing on crime in – Cambodia, Laos, Myanmar, Thailand and Vietnam – with a decision due by the start of March.With a...

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NSW and South Australia back foreign interference laws against high court challenge

NSW and South Australia back foreign interference laws against high court challenge

NSW political staffer accused of acting for China argues laws are invalid as they breach implied freedom of political communicationThu 21 Jan 2021 11.30 ESTLast modified on Thu 21 Jan 2021 11.32 ESTNew South Wales and have intervened in a high court case in defence of Australia’s foreign interference laws, which are being challenged by a political staffer accused of acting on behalf of China.John Zhang, who worked for NSW Labor MP Shaoquett Moselmane, is seeking the cancellation of warrants the Australian federal police used to , arguing elements of the foreign interference laws are invalid...

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UN countries challenge Australia's Indigenous incarceration record in human rights review

UN countries challenge Australia's Indigenous incarceration record in human rights review

Nations question delay in raising age of criminal responsibility to 14 and response to Uluru statementMon 18 Jan 2021 16.17 ESTLast modified on Mon 18 Jan 2021 16.19 ESTThe Australian government is to be challenged over the country’s lack of progress in reducing rates of at a UN hearing this week.Sweden and Uruguay have submitted questions in advance about the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in Australian prisons, while Germany wants to know why Australia has delayed a push to from 10 to 14 years.Countries will raise questions about Australia’s human...

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More than 30 countries condemn Australia at UN over high rates of child incarceration

More than 30 countries condemn Australia at UN over high rates of child incarceration

Human rights session calls on Canberra to raise age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 14 as China attacks Australia over ‘baseless charges’ Wed 20 Jan 2021 16.09 ESTLast modified on Wed 20 Jan 2021 16.42 ESTAustralia has come under international pressure to reduce the number of children in detention, with more than 30 countries using a UN human rights session to call on authorities to raise the age of criminal responsibility.Amid ongoing tensions between and Australia, Beijing’s representative took the opportunity on Wednesday evening to demand that Canberra “stop using false...

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Three-quarters of Australians say Scott Morrison should rebuke Craig Kelly for Covid misinformation

Three-quarters of Australians say Scott Morrison should rebuke Craig Kelly for Covid misinformation

Poll shows more than half of Australians also want the PM to condemn Donald Trump for his role in inciting the Capitol riotsSun 17 Jan 2021 11.30 ESTLast modified on Sun 17 Jan 2021 21.16 ESTThree in four Australians agree that should publicly rebuke one of his MPs for spreading misinformation during the pandemic, according to new polling commissioned by the Australia Institute.Polling to be released by the progressive thinktank on Monday also indicates more than half of those surveyed agreed that the prime minister should condemn outgoing US president Donald Trump for his role in inciting...

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Jan 17
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Labor fears humanitarian crisis on Australian coal ships stranded off China

Labor fears humanitarian crisis on Australian coal ships stranded off China

The opposition calls on the Morrison government to work to repair the relationship with Beijing as exporters face a ‘grim’ year and Thu 14 Jan 2021 03.27 ESTLast modified on Thu 14 Jan 2021 03.29 ESTAustralian exporters face another “grim” year driven by tensions with while a standoff over more than 70 ships stranded with Australian coal on board threatens to cause an international humanitarian crisis, the opposition has said.While warning of the mounting economic costs to Australia, the shadow trade minister, Madeleine King, called on the Morrison government to take a step towards...

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Australia inching closer to committing to net zero by 2050, top energy adviser says

Australia inching closer to committing to net zero by 2050, top energy adviser says

Head of Energy Security Board calls for ‘agreed national emissions reduction trajectory’ among federal, state and territory governments and Mon 4 Jan 2021 11.30 ESTLast modified on Mon 4 Jan 2021 20.02 ESTThe Morrison government appears to be inching closer to committing to net zero emissions by 2050 as it comes under growing international pressure over climate policy, a top energy adviser has said.Kerry Schott, head of the government’s Energy Security Board (ESB), called for national unity on energy policy after the body published a new report citing differences among Australian...

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Jan 4
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Australian women’s rights activist faces charges in Tanzania

Australian women’s rights activist faces charges in Tanzania

Supporters says charges against Zara Kay, who has had her passport confiscated, are ‘politically motivated’Sun 3 Jan 2021 01.48 ESTLast modified on Sun 3 Jan 2021 01.50 ESTAn Australian ex-Muslim women’s rights activist faces “politically motivated” charges in , including for a tweet allegedly critical of the country’s president, according to her supporters.The Australian government is providing consular assistance to Zara Kay, 28, the founder of , a group set up two years ago to support women who are ostracised or face violence if they leave or question Islam.Kay she was “going into the...

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Jan 3
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Morrison government accused of failing to 'put in hard yards' to deepen trade ties with India

Morrison government accused of failing to 'put in hard yards' to deepen trade ties with India

Labor’s trade spokesperson attacks Dan Tehan for complacency, saying two-year-old report has been ‘gathering dust’ while exports fell 18.4%Wed 30 Dec 2020 18.09 ESTLast modified on Wed 30 Dec 2020 18.11 ESTLabor has accused the Morrison government of failing to act on a two-year-old blueprint for deepening ties with , after Australia’s new trade minister vowed to push for a free trade agreement between the two countries.Australian exporters have been scrambling to find other markets after China – the top trading partner – including wine, barley, coal and seafood over the past year.The value...

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'We are one and free': Australia's national anthem to change in attempt to recognise Indigenous history

'We are one and free': Australia's national anthem to change in attempt to recognise Indigenous history

Prime Minister Scott Morrison makes the announcement on New Year’s Eve saying the minor change will help foster a ‘spirit of unity’ after a challenging 2020Thu 31 Dec 2020 07.40 ESTFirst published on Thu 31 Dec 2020 06.30 ESTThe Australian government will remove a reference to the country being “young and free” in the national anthem, amid concerns the existing wording overlooks the history of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people that stretches back tens of thousands of years.The conservative prime minister, , made the surprise announcement on New Year’s Eve, saying the change would...

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Australia's billionaires became 50% richer during pandemic

Australia's billionaires became 50% richer during pandemic

Combined wealth rises by 52.4% in the past year – ‘turbocharging’ inequalityMon 28 Dec 2020 22.00 ESTLast modified on Mon 28 Dec 2020 22.01 ESTThe combined wealth of Australian billionaires has risen by more than 50% over the past year, new figures show, prompting concerns that the pandemic-triggered recession has “turbocharged” the gap between rich and poor.The combined net worth of Australia’s billionaires dropped in March – when Covid-19 restrictions ramped up – before rebounding strongly and increasing throughout the course of the year, according to the .The combined worth of Australian...

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Dec 29
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European Union condemns China over 'irresponsible' tweet about Australian military

European Union condemns China over 'irresponsible' tweet about Australian military

Regional bloc says it has raised the issue directly with Chinese vice-foreign minister in CanberraThu 3 Dec 2020 22.19 ESTFirst published on Thu 3 Dec 2020 17.31 ESTThe has blasted China over an “irresponsible, insensitive” tweet about Australian military personnel as the regional bloc revealed it has raised the issue directly with a Chinese vice-foreign minister.A senior EU official told the Guardian the EU regretted the recent deterioration in ties between China and Australia – which has seen Beijing take a against Australian exports – and called on the two sides to “re-engage in...

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China rejects Australian PM's call to apologise for 'repugnant' tweet with fake image of soldier

China rejects Australian PM's call to apologise for 'repugnant' tweet with fake image of soldier

China’s foreign ministry has rejected calls from the Australian prime minister to apologise over an inflammatory tweet over war crimes allegations, insisting it is Australia that should be saying sorry for the loss of life in Afghanistan.The Australian prime minister, , had demanded the Chinese government apologise and take down a “repugnant” foreign ministry tweet that depicted an Australian soldier cutting the throat of a civilian in Afghanistan.As the outrage over the digitally altered image threatened to sink to a new low, Morrison said on Monday the Chinese government “should be...

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Australia demands China explain why it has been singled out on trade restrictions

Australia demands China explain why it has been singled out on trade restrictions

should explain why it appears to have singled out Australia with a range of import restrictions that have disrupted trade flows and undermined trust in the economic relationship, the Australian trade minister has said.With Australia and its locked in a stalemate over how to end the tensions, Simon Birmingham also used a television interview on Sunday to accuse the Chinese embassy in Canberra of taking this year.A Chinese embassy official that “the problem is all caused by the Australian side” and Canberra should stop treating China as a strategic threat if it wanted to resume ministerial...

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Nov 22
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China warns Australia and Japan over 'confrontational' new defence pact

China warns Australia and Japan over 'confrontational' new defence pact

Australia and Japan will “pay a corresponding price” if their new defence pact threatens China’s security, Chinese state media has warned, as insisted the deal should not cause any concerns to Beijing.The state-run Global Times newspaper declared the new agreement “accelerates the confrontational atmosphere in the Asia-Pacific region” and was aimed against .Australian ministers issued fresh calls on Wednesday for dialogue with their Chinese counterparts to resolve a , which has resulted in Beijing against Australian export sectors throughout the course of the year.The outreach comes after...

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Nov 18
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Australian exporters urge Morrison government to take China to world trade umpire

Australian exporters urge Morrison government to take China to world trade umpire

A major Australian business group has called on the Morrison government to take to the world trade umpire, saying attempted talks have failed to resolve the widening dispute with Australia’s largest trading partner.As seven export sectors , and with ministerial level contact still frozen, the Australian Industry Group told Guardian Australia businesses would have no choice but to look for other markets “if China continues to turn its back on Australian goods and services”.While the trade minister, Simon Birmingham, described the new sanctions as “rumours” that have not been officially...

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Nov 6
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China reportedly orders halt to imports of Australian coal

China reportedly orders halt to imports of Australian coal

China’s customs authorities have told several Chinese state-owned steelmakers and power plants to stop importing Australian coal, according to two industry newswire services.The move comes amid ongoing tensions in the relationship between and Australia and reportedly affects both thermal and coking coal.The trade minister, Simon Birmingham, said the government was aware of the reports and was discussing the issue with Australia’s resources industry, which had “previously faced occasional disruptions to trade flows with China”.“Australia will continue to highlight our standing as a reliable...

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Oct 12
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Uighurs to tell Australian inquiry of 'intimidation and harassment' from Chinese government

Uighurs to tell Australian inquiry of 'intimidation and harassment' from Chinese government

Chinese Community Party accused of ‘increasing its oppressions and control of Uighurs at an alarming rate’ Thu 8 Oct 2020 17.54 EDTLast modified on Thu 8 Oct 2020 17.58 EDTRepresentatives of the Uighur community in Australia are set to tell a parliamentary inquiry of the “intimidation and harassment” they face to prevent them from speaking out against the Chinese government, including fears their relatives will be harmed.The inquiry is also expected to hear calls from other groups on Friday for the Australian government to introduce to impose targeted sanctions against human rights...

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Zhenhua Data leak: personal details of millions around world gathered by China tech company

Zhenhua Data leak: personal details of millions around world gathered by China tech company

The personal details of millions of people around the world have been swept up in a database compiled by a Chinese tech company with reported links to the country’s military and intelligence networks, according to a trove of leaked data.About 2.4 million people are included in the database, assembled mostly based on public open-source data such as social media profiles, analysts said. It was compiled by Zhenhua Data, based in the south-eastern Chinese city of Shenzhen.Internet 2.0, a cybersecurity consultancy based in Canberra whose customers include the US and Australian governments, said...

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Sep 14
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China opens door to tariffs on Australian wine imports as trade tensions spiral

China opens door to tariffs on Australian wine imports as trade tensions spiral

has opened the door to imposing tariffs on Australian wine imports by launching the same kind of trade investigation that triggered steep imposts on barley, sparking sharp falls among affected businesses on the Australian share market.Amid ongoing tensions between the two countries, China’s commerce ministry announced on Tuesday that it was starting an “anti-dumping” investigation into imported wines originating in Australia, with a decision on any action due within 12 months.The Australian government pledged to help the wine industry contest the “disappointing and perplexing” claims that...

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Australia's nuclear medicine agency chartered flights to deliver children's cancer treatment

Australia's nuclear medicine agency chartered flights to deliver children's cancer treatment

Australia’s nuclear medicine agency has spent more than $350,000 on chartered flights to deliver critical medicines to diagnose and treat children’s cancer, as the Covid-19 pandemic exposes worrying gaps in health supply chains.As it prepares to give evidence to a parliamentary inquiry on Tuesday, the Australian Nuclear Science and Technology Organisation has revealed how widespread flight cancellations temporarily put at risk the supplies of certain nuclear medicines.Ansto disclosed the charter flight costs in response to questions from Guardian Australia, saying that it was “focused on...

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Aug 10
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'Shameful': Turnbull rebukes Australian business for criticising China relations

'Shameful': Turnbull rebukes Australian business for criticising China relations

Former prime minister says countries must not be ‘intimidated by confected outrage’ from Beijing Thu 16 Jul 2020 02.17 EDTMalcolm Turnbull has rebuked Australian business chiefs and academics for criticising the Australian government over the state of the relationship with Beijing, saying such reactions would only “encourage more bullying from China”.The former prime minister said the response of some parts of the business community to China’s use of trade threats to influence policy was “pretty shameful” and said countries must “not be intimidated by confected outrage” from...

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Australia drafting plan to offer safe haven to Hong Kong residents, Scott Morrison says

Australia drafting plan to offer safe haven to Hong Kong residents, Scott Morrison says

Country prepared to follow UK’s lead ‘to step up and provide support’, PM says Wed 1 Jul 2020 23.28 EDTAustralia is working on a scheme to provide safe haven to Hong Kong residents after China’s “very concerning” decision to push ahead with the controversial new security law, Scott Morrison has said.The Australian prime minister said on Thursday his country was “prepared to step up and provide support”, although his cabinet was yet to finalise the details, including whether the scheme would include a pathway to permanent settlement.The Labor opposition called on the government to support...

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Trump’s misleading information enables China to sow discord among allies, research finds

Trump’s misleading information enables China to sow discord among allies, research finds

New report calls on Australia and US to strengthen ability to counter others’ disinformation – as well as their own and Mon 22 Jun 2020 10.01 EDTThe Trump administration’s spreading of misinformation about the origins and treatment of Covid-19 has made it much harder for Australia and the US to counter disinformation campaigns being waged by China, a top researcher has warned.A calls on Australia and the US to strengthen their capacity to counter state-backed disinformation, ahead of a meeting of both countries’ defence and foreign ministers – but also calls on the allies to get their own...

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Jun 22
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