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Australian business ramps up China lobbying, with help from the United Front

Australian business ramps up China lobbying, with help from the United Front

Australia's business elites continue to rub shoulders with the United Front Work Department — a secretive arm of the Chinese Communist Party.

It's official. Australia has no idea what it's doing on China. 

It's official. Australia has no idea what it's doing on China. 

Australian politicians are slamming China while preparing to sign a free trade deal with a widely discredited administration that is subjugated to Beijing. What planet are they living on?

Trump is right on Syria — it's time to stop the 'Endless Wars'

Trump is right on Syria — it's time to stop the 'Endless Wars'

Donald Trump is rarely right, and consistently inconsistent, but his resistance to 'Endless Wars' is sensible, as the hysterical reaction to his Syria decision reveals.

Indonesia's student protests are a reality check for Widodo

Indonesia's student protests are a reality check for Widodo

The protests are the biggest the country has seen since the fall of the Suharto regime in 1998. Can they hold back an increasingly conservative Indonesia?

ScoMo, Trump and the dangerous banality of bromance

ScoMo, Trump and the dangerous banality of bromance

Australians shouldn't be surprised by Scott Morrison's subservience to Trump. This is the exact situation we've been careening towards.

Will Trump and Morrison follow in the footsteps of Holt and LBJ?

Will Trump and Morrison follow in the footsteps of Holt and LBJ?

The price of Trump's hospitality may well be cementing the Australia-US military bond even further.

The turmoils of Gladys Liu

The turmoils of Gladys Liu

The criticisms against Liu straddle genuine concerns about influence and mundane xenophobia, but there's a bigger section 44 question here.

Will Canberra's stand against Beijing be enough?

Will Canberra's stand against Beijing be enough?

It's well known that business and politics cannot be separated in China. But, for once, Canberra is not standing by while the rights of an Australian are infringed.

Yang and Assange show Australia's glaring double standard

Yang and Assange show Australia's glaring double standard

The Australian government is, rightfully, speaking out about the treatment of Yang Hengjun, but Julian Assange has been left in the 'too hard' basket.

Timor-Leste draws a line. Will Australia respect it?

Timor-Leste draws a line. Will Australia respect it?

Scott Morrison was playing nice over the weekend, but Australia has proved time and time again that it's hard-pressed to respect Timor-Leste's sovereignty.