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China concerned about Australian opposition leader; possible future leader


If the polls are right, conservative opposition leader Tony Abbott will be Australia’s next prime minister. Abbott goes into tomorrow’s election with little-to-no foreign policy experience, and throughout the campaign he offered few clues to his approach – especially regarding Australia’s crucial relationship with China. But strategic experts are pinning their hopes on Abbott emulating … Continue reading

Australian navy chief says Opposition’s plan to resume turning back asylum seeker boats is dangerous


The navy chief responsible for turning back asylum boats under the Howard government has warned that any decision to reintroduce the policy would be “dangerous stuff” for all concerned. David Shackleton said the Coalition should be under no illusion that such a policy would lead asylum-seekers to sabotage their boats, jump overboard and do whatever … Continue reading

Asylum-seeker boat arrival numbers increase in Australia


The number of asylum-seekers coming to Australia by boat surged in the first 2 1/2 months of this year, with a 55 per cent spike in arrivals compared to the same period last year. Almost 1900 people have arrived in the first 73 days of this year, compared with 1209 for the same period last year, … Continue reading

Australian government defends indigenous policy


The Gillard government has defended its indigenous policies after Howard minister Alexander Downer called for children to be moved out of remote communities and into boarding schools and for increased access to property ownership. Mr Downer said sending children from remote communities into boarding schools in regional towns and cities would help them “acclimatise to … Continue reading

Australian Prime Minister’s attack on foreign workers is ‘damaging Asian strategy’


Julia Gillard‘s attack on foreign worker visa rorts is jeopardising Australia‘s global standing and risks reinforcing perceptions of racial and religious intolerance. Two of the nation’s most experienced diplomats have also warned Labor that the row over 457 temporary migration visas is undermining its Asian Century strategy. Former Australian ambassador to China Geoff Raby said … Continue reading

Former Australian Prime Minister John Howard predicts Kevin Rudd comeback


Former prime minister John Howard says Kevin Rudd – the man who beat him in 2007 – could make a move for the Labor Party leadership before the federal election. Mr Howard says Mr Rudd’s ousting as prime minister in 2010 by Julia Gillard was very unusual. “The extraordinary thing about the politics in the … Continue reading

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