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Saving private citizens: how Australia uses diplomacy to rescue prisoners

Saving private citizens: how Australia uses diplomacy to rescue prisoners

Alek Sigley's removal from North Korean detention is a happy ending, but what does the saga say about Australia's ability to extricate citizens?

Morrison turns a blind eye to religious persecution in India

Morrison turns a blind eye to religious persecution in India

The government's push for religious freedom means nothing if it ignores the millions of religious minorities being persecuted by our trade partners.

Australia gets new Beijing envoy as Morrison tries second China ‘reset’

Australia gets new Beijing envoy as Morrison tries second China ‘reset’

After a tumultuous few years, incoming ambassador Graham Fletcher inherits a job that will require the navigation of some fraught waters

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.

Did the NSW government try to subvert democracy?

Did the NSW government try to subvert democracy?

Crikey readers discuss the NSW government's attempt to restrict third party campaigners, MUP's board chaos and DFAT's mishandling of the Yang Hengjun arrest.

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.

Secret cables reveal Bishop likely knew Gaza conflict would escalate

Secret cables reveal Bishop likely knew Gaza conflict would escalate

Correspondence released by DFAT shows diplomats warned that more deaths were likely during upcoming demonstrations in Gaza. Turnbull and Bishop have remained largely silent.

The fall of Julie Bishop?

The fall of Julie Bishop?

It wasn't so long ago that Bishop was seen as an obvious successor to Turnbull. What a difference a year makes.

Bishop’s flop of a speech in Thailand reveals dangerous apathy towards south-east Asia

Bishop’s flop of a speech in Thailand reveals dangerous apathy towards south-east Asia

To say Bishop's speech was a damp squib is to be derogatory to squibs. You may be shocked to learn there was not a skerrick of original thought or news in it.

Australia stuck in the middle of China’s latest attempt at ’empire-building’

Australia stuck in the middle of China’s latest attempt at ’empire-building’

Critics, including importantly Australia’s defence and espionage establishment, believe China's latest move to be a potential strategic threat.