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Better optics, but Abbott sidestepping tricky issues of trade

The Australian trade mission is progressing as planned, but will anything tangible come of it?

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Bishop’s Mongolian mining howler: talk about your sovereign risk

Julie Bishop lauds Mongolia as superior to Australia in encouraging mining investment. Too bad she didn’t check the business pages, write Glenn Dyer and Bernard Keane.

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Our new refugee ‘dumping ground’: what Cambodia thinks of the request

Australia now wants to send asylum seekers to Cambodia. Kevin Ponniah, a freelance journalist in Phnom Penh, reports while the government is conducive there are many questioning the fairness.

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Qantas upgraded to bailout class: inside the plush pollies’ lounge

Politicians have been enjoying the largesse of Qantas for years, from membership to the exclusive Chairman’s Lounge to free flight upgrades. Business writer and director John Addis says now it’s time to pay the piper.

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We talk with Indonesia every day — but is anyone listening?

Indonesian feathers have been ruffled by Australia’s policy of sending back asylum seekers. Julie Bishop says our relationship with Indonesia is fine, but no one on the Indonesian side seems to agree.

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Tips and rumours

DFAT and AusAID: a difficult marriage … A Hottest 100 party in the nude … A cold night for Bishop in DC … Queensland whistleblowers: watch your back …

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Dubai businessman’s lawyer: consular help an Australian right

Australians must be able to depend on their government for help overseas, writes John Sneddon, lawyer for Australian businessman Marcus Lee. Lee was thrown in jail in Dubai for four years for a crime he did not commit.

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All expenses paid: is consular help too generous?

The government wants to charge a Greenpeace protester for helping him — which might not be such a bad idea, given the high cost of consular services. But politics can decide who gets a bill.

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When the government hangs its citizens out to dry

Journalist Alan Morison faces jail after his Phuket-based news outlet Phuketwan was targeted by the Royal Thai Navy. But Australia’s Foreign Minister doesn’t seem interested in the case.

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Indonesian lessons for choppy East Timor waters

The new government is not off on the right foot in foreign policy terms, with the Indonesian spying scandal dominating headlines. But a bigger problem looms: East Timor.

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Coalition takes a pro-Israel turn, no one notices for weeks

The Abbott government has changed tack on the Middle East, taking a more strident pro-Israel approach at the UN in the past fortnight. So why have they kept so quiet about it, and why aren’t questions being asked?

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iSentia index: Kevin Rudd’s last stand

Kevin Rudd announcing he was retiring from Parliament brought him numerous media mentions, but that may be the last we hear from the once, twice, Labor leader. Or is it?

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Australia fails to act on latest spying revelations

Australian representatives need to publicly apologise for surveillance activities in Indonesia, if there’s to be any chance of salvaging the relationship between the two countries.

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Abbott’s tin ear for diplomacy

Tony Abbott has vacillated between tone-deaf and patronising in his relationships with our near neighbours so far, writes retired diplomat and political commentator Bruce Haigh.

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Blunders without borders

Crikey readers have their say on our government’s foreign relations movements, evasive politicians and the workforce participation rate.

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Strait talking: boats issue barely rates on Indonesian street

What has Indonesia made of Australia’s obsession over the asylum seeker issue? Opinions range from critical to ignorant, writes Crikey intern Soren Frederiksen.

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iSentia index: Joyce and Brandis draw fire, but Abbott on top

Tony Abbott still takes the lion’s share of media mentions, despite controversy among his MPs.

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Crikey Clarifier: what the overhaul of Australian aid will mean

Tony Abbott is overhauling aid, cutting funding, merging AusAID with DFAT and reorienting spending. Aid expert Thulsi Narayanasamy looks into the changes and what they will mean.

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Abbott delivers voters what he promised: a dearth of women

There can be no complaints about the lack of women in Tony Abbott’s cabinet: it’s exactly what he promised voters. The Liberals and Nationals have long had a woman problem.

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Govt ministry announced: men the 95% in Abbott cabinet

Tony Abbott has unveiled his new government’s ministry in Canberra. There’s some winners and losers — none more so than women. Julie Bishop is the only female MP in cabinet.

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Media briefs: pollies on Rage … cats v dogs … exclusive watch …

The Age has asked its readers whether a military intervention in Syria is justified, and now it is asking the real questions: are cats or dogs better?

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Carr v Bishop: business or diplomacy the foreign policy choice

Bob Carr debated Julie Bishop in a battle of foreign policy at the Lowy Institute last night. The differentiation came down to motivation: do you engage with the world for trade or diplomacy?

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Running the ruler over a future Coalition ministry

With only 100 days to go until the election, we take a look at the men and women who’ll take on ministerial responsibilities if the Coalition wins. Who are the duds, who are the stars, and who is the has-been that never was?

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Women’s Agenda: the 10 women to watch in 2013

It was a landmark year for women in a number of fields. Here’s 10 lining up to dominate in 2013, courtesy of Women’s Agenda writer Rose Powell.

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Bishop in China: Coalition comes calling to smooth over Abbott

Liberal Party deputy Julie Bishop is leading a heavy hitting group of Libs and Nats on a three-city tour of China, attempting to smooth over some of Tony Abbott’s past mistakes.

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