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Topic: international relations
Hastie blasts Beijing as diplomatic crisis kicks off

Hastie blasts Beijing as diplomatic crisis kicks off

Good morning, early birds. Liberal MP Andrew Hastie has accused Beijing of attempting to "coerce" Chinese diaspora with the arrest of Chinese-Australian writer Yang Hengjun, and Adelaide has taken out the title of Australia's hottest capital city on record. It's the news you need to know, with Chris Woods.

Australia’s silence on Timor-Leste election speaks of frayed bond

Australia’s silence on Timor-Leste election speaks of frayed bond

Australia continues to ignore the impressive display of democracy in action in Timor-Leste, a country it has routinely let down since independence.

Australia cosies up to India despite growing human rights abuses

Australia cosies up to India despite growing human rights abuses

Religious minorities are experiencing huge increasing violence in Modi's India, but that doesn't seem to be a deal-breaker for our leaders in Canberra.

The many forces trying to ‘tear up’ our workplace laws

The many forces trying to ‘tear up’ our workplace laws

To read the news today, you'd think one organisation was gunning for IR change. The truth is more complicated.

Sam Dastyari wasn’t the first to take Chinese money, just ask Howard

Sam Dastyari wasn’t the first to take Chinese money, just ask Howard

Chinese influence in Australia and elsewhere is being exert via "sharp power", and you wont have to look far to find those who are happy to play a part.

Rundle: Syria’s chemical weapons pose an impossible quandary for Trump

Rundle: Syria’s chemical weapons pose an impossible quandary for Trump

Donald Trump says Syria has crossed "many lines" with use of chemical weapons, but what will he actually do about it?

Essential: Abbott’s international foray underwhelms voters

Essential: Abbott’s international foray underwhelms voters

After an intensive focus on international issues, the government has gone backwards in voter estimation of its performance, Essential Report shows.

Essential: Abbott’s international standing up, but Coalition struggles

Essential: Abbott’s international standing up, but Coalition struggles

Voters are seeing Tony Abbott's diplomatic skills in a more positive light but it's not helping the Coalition's polling, Essential Report shows.

Essential: no, there’s no Labor revival

Essential: no, there’s no Labor revival

Voters don't expect much the Abbott government when it comes to Indonesia -- and they think damage as already been done, today's Essential Report shows. But the public is fine with spying. Oh -- and can the 'Labor revival' stories please. It's not happening.

Memo to Tony Abbott on foreign policy

Memo to Tony Abbott on foreign policy

Tony Abbott is no expert on international affairs -- and now he's in charge of the country. Retired diplomat Bruce Haigh has written Tony a how-to guide.