Australia to join US military effort to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz | Australia news

Australia to join US military effort to protect shipping in the Strait of Hormuz | Australia news

Australian forces will make a “modest, meaningful and time-limited” contribution to a United States-led mission in the Strait of Hormuz aimed at protecting freedom of navigation in the Gulf region. Labor has supported the new mission as “appropriate”, but critics are warning the involvement of Australia’s military in the region could be seen as an […]

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Universities must protect sensitive research from foreign governments, minister says | Australia news

Universities must protect sensitive research from foreign governments, minister says | Australia news

Universities will be required to work with Australian government agencies to protect sensitive research from foreign governments, Dan Tehan has confirmed. But the federal education minister has denied that the new guidelines on research collaboration will give security agencies an effective veto, as concerns about foreign influence on campuses, particularly from China, grow. Tehan also […]

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When it comes to coal, Australia has transitioned away from economics and common sense | Richard Denniss | Opinion

When it comes to coal, Australia has transitioned away from economics and common sense | Richard Denniss | Opinion

Australia isn’t transitioning away from extracting fossil fuels, it is doubling down on them. That’s right – even though Australia is already the third largest fossil fuel exporter in the world, the federal government still wants to double our coal exports, drill for oil in the Great Australian Bight and open more farmland to fracking. […]

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Senate inquiry into Pyne and Bishop jobs sparks standoff with department boss | Australia news

Senate inquiry into Pyne and Bishop jobs sparks standoff with department boss | Australia news

Australia’s most senior public servant is refusing to appear before an inquiry into Christopher Pyne and Julie Bishop’s controversial new corporate jobs, saying it would not be “worthwhile” for him to give any further evidence. The stance of the Department of Prime Minister and Cabinet secretary, Martin Parkinson, has prompted stern words from the Senate […]

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BHP boss: nationalism a potential threat to world economy | Business

BHP boss: nationalism a potential threat to world economy | Business

The rise of nationalism and governments that interfere in markets pose a threat to the global economic system, the boss of BHP, the world’s biggest mining company, has warned. Despite announcing a 124% rise in profits to $US8.31bn, helped by booming iron ore sales to China, Andrew Mackenzie said on Tuesday that there were “a […]

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Labor urges care on Papua New Guinea's $1.5bn loan request | Australia news

Labor urges care on Papua New Guinea’s $1.5bn loan request | Australia news

Labor has called on the government to “consider very carefully” a request from Papua New Guinea for a $1.5bn loan, suggesting Australia must do more for the Pacific for its own sake rather than to block China’s growing influence. Acting opposition leader Richard Marles made the call on Tuesday after the Australian Financial Review revealed […]

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Visa character test change likely to make 'bad situation worse', New Zealand says | Australia news

Visa character test change likely to make ‘bad situation worse’, New Zealand says | Australia news

New Zealand has accused the Australian government of likely making “a bad situation worse” by proposing a massive extension of visa cancellation powers and blamed Australia for the rate of reoffending by criminals deported to New Zealand. Appearing before the Senate legal and constitutional affairs committee on Monday, New Zealand high commissioner Annette King joined […]

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US defence strategy in Indo-Pacific region faces 'unprecedented crisis' | Australia news

US defence strategy in Indo-Pacific region faces ‘unprecedented crisis’ | Australia news

America’s military authority is waning and it is ill-prepared to go to war with China in the Indo-Pacific region, a new report from the United States Studies Centre has warned, arguing Australia must move towards a shared reliance on a network of allies, in particular Asian militaries such as Japan, for its security. The report, […]

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'Trust deficit': Morrison says middle Australia has lost faith in public sector | Australia news

‘Trust deficit’: Morrison says middle Australia has lost faith in public sector | Australia news

The Morrison government will define its plans to reform the public sector by focusing on service delivery to middle Australians and set out a timetable for banking and financial sector reforms in two major speeches on Monday. Scott Morrison, speaking to Institute of Public Administration ahead of the Thodey public service review being handed to […]

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Government dragging its heels on phoenixing crackdown, critics say | Australia news

Government dragging its heels on phoenixing crackdown, critics say | Australia news

New criminal penalties and a scheme to identify company directors are urgently needed to crack down on the scourge of illegal phoenixing activity, according to the peak body of insolvency practitioners. Both measures are contained in the Morrison government’s Combating Illegal Phoenixing bill but the Australian Restructuring Insolvency & Turnaround Association is frustrated at the […]

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