Good morning, early birds. NSW Labor leader Luke Foley has remained defiant following his resignation due to allegations of sexual assault, the relationship between China and Australia seems to be thawing, and a new study finds that one in four Australians suffer adverse affects due to loneliness. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.
Crikey takes a quick look at John Garnaut — the man Bob Carr describes as one of ''the leaders of the recent anti-China panic in the Australian media".
While most leaders visibly shudder through their interactions with Trump, Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has deftly kept him onside
Who can forget the screams about the proposed "Consensus Centre" run by climate change sceptic Bjorn Lomborg? But our universities are chock-full of "Confucius Institutes" meant to peddle the Chinese Communist Party's soft power.
It is becoming increasingly clear is that Australia's close relationship to Indonesia, developed especially since Yudhoyono has been in office and at its strongest just a couple of months ago, may remain in reverse for a lot longer to come.
It seems counter-intuitive when one considers the Asian presence -- students, visitors and trade. But we are probably less Asia-ready than we were 20 years ago, says John Menadue.
Julia Gillard has turned around her negative momentum with voters, but Tony Abbott continues to go the wrong way, today's Essential Report finds.
As the net tightens around Wikileaks founder Julian Assange, the revelations eminating out of the whistlebower's latest document dump continue to fascinate. Today, Crikey is rolling out its ongoing coverage of all juiciest cables -- from embassy gossip to startling double-dealing diplomacy. Strap yourselves in people, there's a long way to go with this one.
Despite recent events, many Australians actually want a closer relationship with China, the latest Essential Research polling shows. But they're not so keen on India.