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Morrison’s ruling on Kidman & Co sale redefines the national interest test

In making a preliminary decision on the sale of S. Kidman & Co to a Chinese consortium, the Treasurer Scott Morrison has shed some light on what the government defines as being in the “national interest”. He describes the Chinese bid as being contrary to Australia’s national interest, because… Source: Morrison’s ruling on Kidman & Co sale redefines the national interest test Read More »

A Hidden Opportunity for Russia and Japan

A territorial spat over the Kurils could bring Moscow and Tokyo together.. Japanese foreign minister Fumio Kishida recently met his Russian counterpart Sergei Lavrov ahead of an upcoming meeting between Japanese prime minister Shinzo Abe and Russian president Vladimir Putin. The main item on the agenda will be working toward resolving the ongoing dispute over the Kuril… Source: A Hidden Opportunity for Russia and Japan | The National Interest Read More »

Turkey’s Islamic Supremacist Foreign Policy

“We have never been involved in an attack against Turkey … we were never involved in such an action… Davutoglu wants to pave the way for an offensive on Syria and Rojava and cover up Turkey’s relations with the ISIS which is known to the whole world… Source: Turkey’s Islamic Supremacist Foreign Policy Read More »

Chasing Asylum first look review – asylum seeker documentary is vital and gut-wrenching

This viscerally intense exposé of Australia’s asylum seeker policy will make audiences feel like a brick smashed to pieces with a sledgehammer. If the debate about asylum seekers attempting to come to Australia has made your heart a little heavy over the years, be prepared for it to feel like a brick smashed to pieces with a… Source: Chasing Asylum first look review – asylum seeker documentary is vital and gut-wrenching | Film | The Guardian Read More »

Why China Won’t Overtake the United States

Economic growth no longer translates as directly into military power as it did in the past. So rather than expecting a rising China to seize the United States’ preeminent position in the global order, everyone should start getting used to a world in which the United States remains the sole superpower for decades to come… Source: Why China Won’t Overtake the United States | Foreign Affairs Read More »

Turnbull rejects New Zealand offer to take 150 refugees from detention

The prime minister says settlement in New Zealand would be used by people smugglers as a ‘marketing opportunity’. Malcolm Turnbull has again rejected an offer from New Zealand to take 150 refugees from Australia’s offshore detention centres saying: “Settlement in a… Source: Turnbull rejects New Zealand offer to take 150 refugees from detention | Australia news | The Guardian Read More »

EXPLAINER: What The PNG Supreme Court Decision Can Teach Us About Law And Justice

Tuesday’s Papua New Guinea Supreme Court decision has two vital lessons for Australia: the power of a Bill of Rights and the importance of a courageous Court. Thomas Kiat explains. The judgment blew a hole in Australia’s offshore detention network by declaring the arrangement unlawful under PNG’s Constitution. In doing so it raised the bar for theMore… Source: EXPLAINER: What The PNG Supreme Court Decision Can Teach Us About Law And Justice – New Matilda Read More »

President Obama Weighs His Economic Legacy

Eight years after the financial crisis, unemployment is at 5 percent, deficits are down and G.D.P. is growing. Why do so many voters feel left behind? The president has a theory… By ANDREW ROSS SORKIN Source: President Obama Weighs His Economic Legacy – The New York Times Read More »

Labor claims unity ticket with government on boat people, but not on Immigration Minister

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OPINION LABOR’S history means it will never win an asylum seeker debate in the broad electorate, but it could make a strong showing in another important area: Competence. On the eve of his calling the election, Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull is facing an accusation that the ministry he hand-picked might not be the smartest bunch in the… Source: The Manus Island decision illustrates how Peter Dutton and the Coalition lack a clear policy Read More »

How can ‘people like us’ vote for Ronan Mullen?

Educated people voted for one of the country’s most unashamedly conservative politicians. For some of those watching this week’s Seanad election results, Independent senator Ronan Mullen’s easy re-election exposed… Source: How can ‘people like us’ vote for Ronan Mullen? Read More »

The war on elephants

How the very existence of Africa’s elephants is threatened by poachers, traffickers and Asia’s appetite for ivory. WARNING: THIS ARTICLE CONTAINS GRAPHIC IMAGES Bloated and eerily upright the large adult elephant was still standing where it had been killed – just next to the stream – its face hacked off… Source: BBC News – The war on elephants Read More »

Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka

After three decades of war with a local terrorist group, the island nation was beginning to enjoy peace and normalcy when the Syrian crisis erupted drawing some Sri Lankan Muslim youth to the conflict zone. Colombo responded quickly by joining hands with civil and religious groups to educate people about the danger of joining extremists groups like the… Source: Islamic State fails to gain a foothold in Sri Lanka – Asia Times Read More »

Manus Island detention centre to be shut, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says

Papua New Guinea’s Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says the Manus Island regional processing centre will be closed following a ruling from the country’s Supreme Court. PNG’s Supreme Court ruled on Tuesday Australia’s detention of asylum seekers on Manus Island was illegal. Mr O’Neill has released a statement which said his… Source: Manus Island detention centre to be shut, Papua New Guinea Prime Minister Peter O’Neill says – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation) Read More »

Podemos plots Socialists’ ‘submission or suicide’

Spain heads to new ballots with the Socialists facing an enlarged anti-austerity alliance on their left. MADRID — The risk of Spain’s elections in June turning into a frustrating re-run of December’s indecisive vote has receded because of a new development on the Left… Source: Podemos plots Socialists’ ‘submission or suicide’ – POLITICO Read More »