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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.

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.

Government declines to guarantee Australians’ safety from murderous Saudi regime

Government declines to guarantee Australians’ safety from murderous Saudi regime

It's business as usual for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade despite Saudi Arabia's gruesome disappearance of Jamal Khashoggi, with diplomats promoting a regime event some of the world's most prominent businesses are boycotting.

Bishop losing her way on Asian diplomacy as Xi cements power

Bishop losing her way on Asian diplomacy as Xi cements power

While Chinese Premier Xi Jinping consolidated his power at China's 19th National Congress, Australia's leaders continue to show their diplomatic and moral weakness.

Diplomatic faux pas throws shade at Bishop

Diplomatic faux pas throws shade at Bishop

Our tipster tells us that in a room of diplomats, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade secretary Frances Adamson made a small faux pas ...

Labor’s war on beanbags: Innovation Xchange to be cut?

Labor’s war on beanbags: Innovation Xchange to be cut?

The program that delivered $590 bean bags to government workers in Canberra will be cut if Labor gets hold of Parliament House.

Whoo boy, trade agreement to save Australian business a whopping … $150k

Whoo boy, trade agreement to save Australian business a whopping … $150k

The government's "analysis" of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is sloppy and embarrassing -- and actually confirms that there will be little benefit for Australia.

DFAT is a waste of taxpayer money. Let’s scrap it.

DFAT is a waste of taxpayer money. Let’s scrap it.

In the hyper-connected 21st-century the bulk of relations between any two countries are not at the diplomatic level, but business to business, person to person, for travel and for education. We don't need ambassadors and their staff.

US welcomes beheaders, crucifiers to human rights panel

US welcomes beheaders, crucifiers to human rights panel

Saudi Arabia is about to behead and crucify a youth for protests against the country's fundamentalist regime. And the US has "welcomed" its appointment to lead a human rights panel.

Abbott’s new treaty a win for lawyers, corporations, but a loss for Australia

Abbott’s new treaty a win for lawyers, corporations, but a loss for Australia

ISDS benefits only corporations, and governments lose out even when they win, the evidence shows.