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‘It is inevitable that Australia will make more decisions that China doesn’t like,’ said Penny Wong. Joel Carrett/AAP

Define the boundaries in new phase of Australia-China relationship: Wong

Focusing on China policy in a Monday address - released ahead of delivery - Penny Wong says Australia needs to 'define the boundaries' of its engagement with China as the relationship is in a new phase.
Extinction Rebellion protesters have faced harsh bail conditions, typically reserved for bikie gang members. Dave Hunt/AAP

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on the Extinction Rebellion protests - and Australia’s responsibility at the Turkish-Syrian border

Deep Saini and Michelle Grattan discuss the acts of civil disobedience by climate activist group Extinction Rebellion, and consider what Australia's responsibility is in the Turkey-Syria conflict.
Australia’s overall emissions are rising, high electricity prices remain a burden, and there is nervousness about the summer power supply. Shutterstock

Grattan on Friday: A little more confusion added to the climate policy debate

The climate policy has become an article of faith within Labor, and among many supporters. It's also a policy that in the election split voters Labor needed, attracting some but driving away others.
‘I may be worried about nothing if the Democratic primary process does its job of whittling down the agenda to something more manageable,’ wrote Swan. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Wayne Swan warns US Democrats not to fall into Labor’s trap of overloaded agenda

Writing in the American progressive journal Democracy, Swan, a former treasurer, warned that the US Democrats could be at risk of the overloaded agenda trap that helped defeat the ALP in May.
The Coalition has been promoting its $7 billion drought relief package, but critics say what’s needed is a more effective national drought policy. Dan Peled/AAP

A national drought policy should be an easy, bipartisan fix. So why has it taken so long to enact a new one?

Australia's initial drought policy was plagued with problems and gutted in 2009. Since then, there has been no further attempt at developing a comprehensive national approach to the problem.
Butler rejected Fitzgibbon’s proposal saying the government’s target ‘is fundamentally inconsistent with the Paris agreement’. Lukas Coch/AAP

Labor’s climate and resources spokesmen at odds over future policy

Opposition resources spokesman Joel Fitzgibbon has had his proposal to bring Labor's climate change target into line with the government's immediately torpedoed by the party's climate spokesman Mark Butler.
A senior water researcher at the institute said politicians don’t want to talk about private dams because “they do nothing for drought-stricken communities”. Shutterstock

Dams are being built, but they are private: Australia Institute

A report from The Australia Institute says at least 20 to 30 large private dams have been constructed in the Murray-Darling basin in recent years.
“Under my leadership Australia’s international engagement will be squarely driven by Australia’s national interests”, said Morrison. Bianca De Marchi/AAP

Scott Morrison warns against ‘negative globalism’

Delivering the Lowy Lecture on Thursday night, Morrison said Australia “cannot afford to leave it to others to set the standards that will shape our global economy”.
Some of Watts’ ancestors were deeply rooted in the old attitudes of “white Australia”, while his wife is from Hong Kong, and his children Eurasian-Australian. Erik Anderson/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Tim Watts on Australia’s changing identity

Tim Watts on Australia’s changing identity. The Conversation, CC BY37.7 MB (download)
Tim Watts joins Michelle Grattan to discuss his new book, The Golden Country, in which he reconciles his family's past and present, and explores the question of what it means to be Australian.
“I have previously said that I would be seriously disinclined to approve prosecutions of journalists except in the most exceptional circumstances,” said Attorney-General Christian Porter. Lukas Coch/AAP

Any prosecution of journalists for national security offences to require attorney-general’s approval

As the battle over press freedom continues, the Attorney-General has ordered that any prosecution of a journalist for offences related to national security must have his approval.

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