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?
The government's push for religious freedom means nothing if it ignores the millions of religious minorities being persecuted by our trade partners.
After a tumultuous few years, incoming ambassador Graham Fletcher inherits a job that will require the navigation of some fraught waters
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.
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.
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.
Correspondence released by DFAT shows diplomats warned that more deaths were likely during upcoming demonstrations in Gaza. Turnbull and Bishop have remained largely silent.
It wasn't so long ago that Bishop was seen as an obvious successor to Turnbull. What a difference a year makes.
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.
Critics, including importantly Australia’s defence and espionage establishment, believe China's latest move to be a potential strategic threat.