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Payne appeals to Iran for release of Australians

Payne appeals to Iran for release of Australians

Good morning, early birds. Foreign Minister Marise Payne has appealed for the release of three Australians detained in Iran, and the Nationals want the cashless welfare program expanded to cover all recipients under 35. It's the news you need to know, with Rachel Withers.

Will Canberra’s stand against Beijing be enough?

Will Canberra’s stand against Beijing be enough?

It's well known that business and politics cannot be separated in China. But, for once, Canberra is not standing by while the rights of an Australian are infringed.

Is China’s detention of Yang Hengjun a line in the sand for Australia?

Is China’s detention of Yang Hengjun a line in the sand for Australia?

Australia's delayed response to the Australian writer's detention marks a new benchmark in tensions with China.

Australia has been embarrassingly silent on Myanmar

Australia has been embarrassingly silent on Myanmar

Under the Abbott and Turnbull governments, Myanmar appeared to fall off the map. It's time that changed.

What to watch for in Scott Morrison’s new ministry

What to watch for in Scott Morrison’s new ministry

We've picked out the most interesting (and confusing) parts of Morrison's appointments.

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.

Building Jerusalem a shambolic job in Wentworth’s green and pleasant land

Building Jerusalem a shambolic job in Wentworth’s green and pleasant land

The government's decision to try to appeal to Jewish voters by abandoning long-standing bipartisan policy on Jerusalem was cobbled together with no input from the Department of Foreign Affairs, which was left out of the loop by its own minister.

Australia increasingly isolated in support for Saudi regime

Australia increasingly isolated in support for Saudi regime

Australia is continuing to support a major conference hosted by the Saudi regime even as our allies boycott it in the wake of the murder of Jamal Khashoggi.

Payne will need to work hard to fix Bishop’s damage in Asia

Payne will need to work hard to fix Bishop’s damage in Asia

Incoming Foreign Minister Marise Payne has her work cut out for her to meet Australia's obligations in Asia-Pacific, something her predecessor largely ignored.

Winners and losers as Morrison balances the loyal and the treacherous

Winners and losers as Morrison balances the loyal and the treacherous

The new Morrison ministry shows a judicious mix of moderates and conservatives, as well as the loyal and the treacherous.