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BERNARD KEANE | ASIA-PACIFIC | 6 UNLOCK?

Korea’s ‘free trade’ commitment to keep Australians out

Australia’s “free trade agreement” with South Korea establishes a remarkable disparity between Koreans working in Australia and Australians working in Korea.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 2

China’s ABC bullying part of a long game

Relations with China are at a nadir due to the Abbott government’s embrace of Japan. Beijing’s threats to the ABC are just part of the strategy.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 24 UNLOCK?

Morrison seals refugees’ Cambodian fate — but for how many?

The Australian government will give Cambodia $40 million a year to take some of the refugees currently on Nauru. But will the deal involve five or 1000?

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 25 UNLOCK?

Cambodia refugee deal costs soar, with moral price immeasurable

Scott Morrison’s new refugee deal with Cambodia has no cap on the number of people to be “resettled” in one of Asia’s poorest nations.

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ASIA-PACIFIC | 6 UNLOCK?

How John Key could become New Zealand’s Richard Nixon

John Key’s National Party has regained power in New Zealand, despite being plagued by accusations of misdeeds. But it might not be long before the scandals catch up with Key, writes NZ-based writer Giovanni Tiso.

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WILLIAM BOWE | ASIA-PACIFIC | 2 UNLOCK?

Poll Bludger: sorry, teens, no one wants to let you vote

Would lowering the voting age and installing indigenous-only Senate seats re-engage people disillusioned with Australia’s political process? Perhaps, but a conservative government would never allow it.

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WILLIAM BOWE | ASIA-PACIFIC | UNLOCK?

Key likely to hold on, but it hasn’t been an easy road

New Zealand goes to the polls tomorrow, and it is likely to return the Key government. But there are some wildcards.

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ASIA-PACIFIC | 7

Death threats, leaks, Snowden and Eminem: NZ’s weird election campaign

Eminem, Julian Assange and spying allegations are just some of the curious elements in the campaign for New Zealand’s general elections, writes New Zealand-based Italian writer Giovanni Tiso.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 3

Morrison fumes, Cambodia asylum seeker deal stalls

Australia’s plan to send refugees to Cambodia might not come to fruition, as the Cambodian government is dragging its feet.

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ASIA-PACIFIC | 10

Our land is girt by oil-rich sea … that we steal from East Timor

Australia has been stealing billions of dollars from one of our poorest neighbours, writes Clinton Fernandes, associate professor at the University of New South Wales in Canberra and specialist in Australian foreign policy.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC | 2

China’s housing bubble is bursting — and Australia should be very worried

Australia depends on the Chinese housing market for more than just iron ore and steel — our entire economy will feel the shock waves of China’s property bubble bursting.

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Indonesia agreement not exactly a win for Team Australia

The anti-surveillance document we signed with Indonesia may be obsolete in a matter of months — so what’s the point of it?

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Palmer’s China comments could scupper trade deal

The Abbott government was close to negotiating a free trade agreement with China. That is, until Clive Palmer got involved.

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Hacked emails send ‘Teflon John’ Key scrambling

Think politics are much more above board across the Tasman? Think again, writes New Zealand-born freelance journalist Rachel Williamson.

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Prabowo sooks as Jokowi confirmed as president

It’s all over, folks: Jokowi is officially Indonesia’s new President as Prabowo’s court challenge fails. But the military strongman was not exactly gracious in defeat, reports Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma.

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WILLIAM BOWE | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Poll Bludger: Kiwi election campaign ramps up, with pirates lurking

New Zealanders will go to the polls in September, and another minority government is likely. But an Internet Party joint ticket could prove an interesting spanner in the works.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Pope Francis must tread carefully in China, as Asia beckons

Pope Francis has been busy since his papacy kicked off early last year, fixing core business and now focussing on a growth strategy through Asia, writes freelance journalist Michael Sainsbury.

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Hope and change? Jokowi embraces the ‘Butcher of Lampung’

Indonesia’s new President-elect has selected a very controversial transition team. Were hope and change just slogans to become elected? Indonesia analyst Jim Della-Giacoma explains.

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BERNARD KEANE | ASIA-PACIFIC |

Securency superinjunction another twist in a long-running scandal

The Securency case that prompted the now-notorious Department of Foreign Affairs injunction has been going for years and shows no signs of ending soon.

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MICHAEL SAINSBURY | ASIA-PACIFIC |

China proves its anti-corruption cojones

No one could doubt Chinese President Xi Jinping’s commitment to finding and eradicating corruption within the Communist Party after a prominent party member has been thrown under the bus.

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SALLY WHYTE | ASIA-PACIFIC |

‘No future for me in West Papua’: activist flees to Australia after ‘abduction’ attempt

A West Papuan activist has fled to Australia in fear for her safety after giving testimony to an Australian tribunal into the 1998 Biak massacre by Indonesian forces.

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Old song, a new singer: will Jokowi’s reign bring liberation for West Papua?

Outgoing Indonesian President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono maintained the status quo with West Papua during his two terms in office, but West Papuans are hoping president-elect Joko Widodo’s rule will be different, writes Ron Kareni.

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In MH17 response, a rare — and surprising — win for Malaysian govt

Freelance writer Hari Raj compares the Malaysian government’s response to two unprecedented incidents in aviation history.

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Jokowi win likely to be confirmed as Indonesia crowdsources vote count

Joko Widodo is the clear winner in Indonesia’s election. But will Prabowo concede? Indonesia commentator Jim Della-Giacoma reports.

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BEN SANDILANDS | ASIA-PACIFIC |

MH17: Malaysia Airlines’ hideous failure of duty of care cost hundreds their lives

Malaysia Airlines – and Singapore Airlines and a few other carriers — have prioritised fuel economy over passenger safety — and almost 300 people have paid with their lives.

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