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Articles by Michael Sainsbury

Myanmar’s refugee crisis all but ignored by Australia

Australia’s response to the discovery of slave camps and mass graves in south-east Asia, as well as the persecution and exodus of Muslim Burmese is black mark against our international duty.

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Bear in the China shop: Hockey’s bullish fantasy ignores the coming recession

The glass-half-full crowd, including our benighted Treasurer, need to wake up to the reality of China’s economic downturn, before it drags us into recession.

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A deeply unfair budget for our Asian neighbours

When Hockey and Abbott talked up this budget of “fairness”, they neglected to mention the fiscal kindness wouldn’t extend beyond Australian borders — well, except to Cambodia.

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Bishop in Thailand, but don’t mention the C-word

Julie Bishop has visited Thailand, the highest-ranking Abbott government member to do so, but funnily enough she did not seem to want to see the refugee’s paradise that is Cambodia.

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When to hold ‘em and when to fold ‘em: Packer doubles down on Japan

Poor old James Packer is not having a great time of it in Macau. But there is another enticing prospect beckoning …

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Thailand mass graves reveal migrant-slave deaths and media shackles

As Thailand’s human-trafficking history is revealed, the government is being forced to recognise that media freedom can help rid the country of this barbaric scourge.

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Telstra chief proves nice guys finish first as he leaves thriving telco

Outgoing chief David Thodey turned Telstra from a poisoned chalice to a corporate success, executing one of the most remarkable stints in Australian blue-chip corporate history.

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Diplomacy hits snag as Yangon embassy pours cold water on BBQ

So much for soft diplomacy — the Australian embassy in Yangoon has closed its doors to the wider Australian community in Myanmar.

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Iron giants: Gina’s gunning for Twiggy, and it ain’t gonna be pretty

Gina Rinehart is about to start pumping out 55 million tonnes a year of iron ore from her Roy Hill mine. This is very bad news for Fortescue.

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The lies our government is telling refugees about Cambodia

The Australian government has devised a “fact sheet” to tell refugees in Nauru what they could expect from life in Cambodia. But the fact sheet is full of lies.

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Abbott and Bishop have lost their cojones as Asian neighbours run roughshod over rights

Thailand has instituted an insidious new regime of repression. But you won’t hear it mentioned in Canberra …

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How Big Iron’s mistake cost you billions

Grave miscalculations about China’s domestic steel production have landed Australia’s iron ore sector in deep slag.

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Is it time for Twiggy to play his Chinese joker?

The price of iron ore is still falling, with Fortescue Metals Group facing total wipeout. But there may be a way to save the company — look to the East …

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Twiggy’s ‘cartel’ won’t turn Fortescue around — not for all the steel in China

A combination of inaccurate economic forecasting, a demand-side slump, and erratic behaviour from its chairman, Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest, has left iron ore miner Fortescue Metals Group in dire straits.

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Tough love from Singapore’s founding father

The death of Singapore’s Lee Kuan Yew should remind us that much as he gave Malcolm Fraser some excellent tough-love advice, it might be time to return the favour.

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Fortescue’s future uncertain after Twiggy’s failed debt financing

Fortescue Metals Group’s share price is down again — and there is no relief in sight.

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Fortescue Metals moves to rescue falling share price, but too late?

Andrew “Twiggy” Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group will need to move soon if it’s to avoid serious financial strife caused by the ongoing downturn in the global iron ore market.

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Half the sky: Australia needs to stand up for women’s rights in Asia

China has detained at least seven women’s rights activists in the last few days. This is unacceptable — and Australia must speak up.

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China chokes under both an economic and literal smog

China’s Communist Party faces two challenges this month: how to recover its ailing economy, and how to deal with a controversial new documentary about Chinese air pollution.

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Hepatitis A scandal leaves China FTA up shit creek

Australian businesses, media and government are slowly coming to the realisation that China’s booming economy is not going to be the answer to economic woes Down Under.

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Abbott’s cavalier disdain for foreign policy will cost lives

Don’t believe everything you read — Tony Abbott’s not doing any better overseas than he is here.

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In the Year of the Goat, we must bell the Chinese cat

Despite the optimistic posturing of Australia’s Reserve Bank governor Glenn Stevens, China’s economy is in trouble, and it’s time for Australia to readjust its policies to recognise the looming downturn.

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Could Aung San Suu Kyi become president of Myanmar?

As Myanmar’s ruling government is pushing for regressive legislation amounting to religious apartheid, Opposition Leader Aung San Suu Kyi makes a bold play for democracy.

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India rises, as China comes to rain on Japan’s parade

The global pivot to Asia just became a little more complex. As everyone jostles for a bigger slice of the power pie, the Abbott government is left with some tough decisions to make on Australia’s future relationship with China.

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China’s party men concerned as anti-corruption campaign claims scalps

Xi Jinping’s anti-corruption campaign is opaque, utterly devoid of due process — and hurting big business.

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