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Did George Brandis breach the Public Service Code of Conduct?

Did George Brandis breach the Public Service Code of Conduct?

George Brandis's public begging to keep his job degrades the diplomatic corps and embarrasses Australia — but did it breach the code of conduct public servants must adhere to?

Finally, some rare sense in the battle to save Hakeem

Finally, some rare sense in the battle to save Hakeem

DFAT made a deft diplomatic move in the debate around Thailand's detention of Hakeem al-Araibi, saving Thailand some face and allowing Australia some wriggle room.

DFAT is a dawdling joke of a department

DFAT is a dawdling joke of a department

The Australian response to the recent detention of Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun exposes the risk-averse dead hand of DFAT for what it really is.

It's time for Australia to face reality on China

It's time for Australia to face reality on China

The reasons for Yang Hengjun’s detention remain unclear. But human rights violations have escalated sharply under the increasingly repressive regime of Xi Jingping.

China outrages West by doing the same commercial spying we do

China outrages West by doing the same commercial spying we do

Lurid reports of Chinese hacking omit that we engage in exactly the same — and occasionally worse — cyber-espionage.

Numbers, screw-up, or money? Let's trace the origins of this embassy mess

Numbers, screw-up, or money? Let's trace the origins of this embassy mess

We all accepted at face value that the Israel embassy pitch was tied to Wentworth. So why exactly is this damn thing still hanging around?

Amateurish Morrison pays the price for trade stupidity

Amateurish Morrison pays the price for trade stupidity

Australia's foolish protectionism, when accompanied by base political calculation, makes for a policy mess.

Our government hopes we'll forget about Saudi brutality

Our government hopes we'll forget about Saudi brutality

The government says it will do nothing further in response to the Saudi murder of journalist Jamal Khashoggi until there's an investigation completed. Which is very handy indeed.

South China Sea is the most likely flashpoint of the next cold war

South China Sea is the most likely flashpoint of the next cold war

With China renewing its commitment to territorial claims, and reactionaries like Donald Trump at the helm, the long-running South China Sea dispute could turn south very quickly.

Meet the Timor-Leste 12 who could benefit from the Witness K cover-up

Meet the Timor-Leste 12 who could benefit from the Witness K cover-up

The government is desperate to hide its prosecution of Witness K and Bernard Collaery. But who will benefit from a cover-up?