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.
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.
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.
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.
Our tipster tells us that in a room of diplomats, Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade secretary Frances Adamson made a small faux pas ...
The program that delivered $590 bean bags to government workers in Canberra will be cut if Labor gets hold of Parliament House.
The government's "analysis" of the Trans-Pacific Partnership is sloppy and embarrassing -- and actually confirms that there will be little benefit for Australia.
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.
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.