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Articles by Michael Sainsbury

Church lets loose at its least favourite Abbott

The Jesuit head of the Asia-Pacific region has slammed Tony Abbott’s refugee policy, and the big man himself has taken a position very contrary to Abbott’s on the environment.

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Thailand shoots the messenger, Australia turns its back

Why does the Australian government pick and choose it’s targets for censure in south-east Asia? Indonesia cops a serve. China and Thailand just coast on by.

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Aussie journo Alan Morison an inspiration to us all

Alan Morison is facing up to seven years in a Thai prison for reporting on one of the most important human rights issues of our time.

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Thawley’s big mouth just exposes Abbott’s tin ear on China

The Abbott government clearly has no idea how anyone in China thinks, nor what to do to protect this vital relationship.

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Australian journalist faces jail under Thailand’s troubling ‘justice’ system

Alan Morison and Chutima Sidasathian are facing court — and the possibility of seven years in jail — for republishing a single paragraph of a Reuters story the Thai government disapproved of.

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Move over, NBN, here comes the National Narrowband Network

Why should you share your precious cat video-enhancing broadband with your hot-water meter? Enter the National Narrowband Network.

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‘Free trade’ with China not all that free

Most governments love a good free-trade agreement. But not all FTAs are equal.

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Orient express: is a big Aussie company greasing palms to get ahead in Asia?

There are significant business opportunities in south-east Asia — but allegations of bribery against one Australian company are muddying the waters for everyone.

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ASEAN divided as China’s power grab expands

If nations cannot solve their own internal divisions, or at lest map out a path to a more peaceful future, how can they be expected to help their neighbours in any meaningful way?

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Tiananmen Square: 26 years on, China’s abuses continue unchecked

China has no regard for human rights. And mealy-mouthed language from Australian politicians isn’t good enough.

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Why we should be worried about the South China Sea

China’s aggressive posturing over the South China Sea is a worrying development. And it’s not likely to stop there.

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Aung San Suu Kyi turning a blind eye to Rohingya plight

Has Myanmar’s opposition leader lost her moral authority?

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Twiggy shakes trees in China, looking for an olive branch

It’s unlikely the Chinese will buy a major stake in Andrew Forrest’s Fortescue Metals Group, but that’s not to say they won’t enter into the iron ore fray to FMG’s advantage …

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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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