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Did George Brandis breach the Public Service Code of Conduct?

Did George Brandis breach the Public Service Code of Conduct?

George Brandis's public begging to keep his job degrades the diplomatic corps and embarrasses Australia — but did it breach the code of conduct public servants must adhere to?

Six things to know about ‘AB’ Culvahouse, Trump’s man in Canberra

Six things to know about ‘AB’ Culvahouse, Trump’s man in Canberra

Donald Trump's pick for ambassador to Australia, AB Culvahouse, could be worse: a veteran Republican lawyer, he might not know a lot about Australia, but he has national security experience.

Has Joe Hockey found his calling at last?

Has Joe Hockey found his calling at last?

A man of limited success in his political career, Ambassador Joe Hockey has now found a role where he can use his strengths.

Korea talks are just one step on the long and treacherous road to peace

Korea talks are just one step on the long and treacherous road to peace

North and South Korea will sit down to discuss participation in the upcoming Winter Olympics amid some of the highest tensions in recent memory. But will the gesture be enough?

Abe shows the world how to play Trump

Abe shows the world how to play Trump

While most leaders visibly shudder through their interactions with Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has deftly kept him onside

Hard lessons for Turnbull: Trump doesn’t do diplomacy

Hard lessons for Turnbull: Trump doesn’t do diplomacy

Unlike other leaders, Malcolm Turnbull thought a diplomatic approach to Donald Trump would get results. Wrong.

Joe Hockey, anti-diplomat

Joe Hockey, anti-diplomat

New Ambassador to the United States Joe Hockey has a history of gaffes on international matters almost as good as on domestic matters.

Tips and rumours

Tips and rumours

Did Hockey revolt at student protest? ... Abbott's pals in diplomatic heaven ... nursing home fees ...

T-shirt diplomacy: Australia gives offence at UN climate talks

T-shirt diplomacy: Australia gives offence at UN climate talks

The UN's annual climate summit will soon wrap up, and the Australian delegation is under fire for not taking negotiations seriously, blocking progress, wearing T-shirts to officials talks, and giggling. Crikey reports from Poland.

Abbott’s tin ear for diplomacy

Abbott’s tin ear for diplomacy

Tony Abbott has vacillated between tone-deaf and patronising in his relationships with our near neighbours so far, writes retired diplomat and political commentator Bruce Haigh.