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As crucial as the Australia-China relationship might be for Australia’s economic well being, the indications suggest the ups and downs may get rougher. Sam Mooy/AAP

Grattan on Friday: Australia isn’t avoiding prodding the Chinese bear

Australia is being very explicit in response to concerns about China at the moment, increasingly prepared to put aside the imperatives of diplomacy when necessary.
The Chinese government has reacted sharply to Australia’s pressure on Yang with a spokesman for the Foreign Ministry saying: “Australia should respect China’s judicial sovereignty”. Lukas Coch/AAP

Yang Hengjun appeals to Scott Morrison in message issued by supporters

As the Australian government continues to pressure China over Yang Hengjun's formal arrest, Yang has appealed to Scott Morrison to please “help me go home as soon as possible”.
Sam Dastyari advised Murnain to go to the party’s lawyer as donations from property developers are illegal under the NSW law. Joel Carrett/AAP

NSW ALP secretary suspended after revelations about Huang Xiangmo money

The NSW Labor party's general secretary Kaila Murnain was suspended on Wednesday night after sensational evidence about an alleged $100,000 donation from Chinese property developer Huang Xiangmo.
Professor of Public Ethics, Clive Hamilton, has warned that unless Australian universities act decisively, they will live “under the ever-darkening shadow of Beijing”. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Academic urges universities to get out from under the ‘shadow of Beijing’.

Professor of Public Ethics, Clive Hamilton, has accused "many" vice-chancellors of of losing sight of academic freedom, under the pressure of revenue and influence from China.
Setka’s lawyers had argued that the party’s power of expulsion lay with its Victorian branch, not with the national executive. Daniel Pockett

Albanese one step closer in long march towards John Setka’s expulsion

The Victorian Supreme Court has dismissed the John Setka's bid to prevent the Labor party from expelling him, saying the legitimacy of the motion to expel him was not within the court's jurisdiction.
Dr Yang has been held in Beijing under harsh conditions, without access to lawyers or family for more than seven months before being formally arrested. Shutterstock

Foreign Minister Marise Payne says Yang Hengjun is not Australian spy

Outspoken Australian-Chinese democracy advocate Dr Yang Hengjun has been formally arrested in China on suspicion of spying, further straining relations between the two countries.
Christine Morgan points to the value of the brand of Headspace for young people; they know “this is a place I can go”. Shutterstock

Politics with Michelle Grattan: PM’s advisor Christine Morgan on tackling Australia’s rising suicide rates

PM’s advisor Christine Morgan on tackling Australia’s rising suicide rates. The Conversation, CC BY34.5 MB (download)
On this episode, the PM's national suicide prevention advisor speaks with Michelle Grattan on what we know so far about suicide rates, and what needs more clarity.
“He was much loved by the Australian community. He was a character - a political character - in an era when you tend to get white bread politicians,” says Michelle Grattan on Tim Fischer. Alan Porritt/AAP

VIDEO: Michelle Grattan on Tim Fischer’s legacy - and Scott Morrison’s first year

Michelle Grattan reflects on Tim Fischer's personal and political legacy, and discusses the kind of leader Scott Morrison is with the anniversary of his prime ministership approaching on Saturday.
Can Scott Morrison maintain the image of separation from the Canberra elite, given he’s its most powerful member? AAP/The Conversation

Grattan on Friday: Courting ‘quiet Australians’ from ‘bubble central’, it’s been a remarkable first year for Scott Morrison

After 12 months as prime minister, Morrison looks the strong leader, clearly in charge, with few constraints. But will he make a substantial entry in the history book of Australian prime ministers?
Tim Fischer aboard a one-off passenger train last month to raise money for the Albury Wodonga Cancer Centre trust fund. Sally Evans/ Albury Wodonga Regional Cancer Centre Trust Fund

Tim Fischer – a man of courage and loyalty – dies from cancer

Tim Fischer leaves behind a political and personal legacy. He defied sceptics, managed his troops, and the support he provided to John Howard was crucial in achieving gun control.
Frydgenberg commits to remaining royal commission recommendations requiring legislation to be introduced by the end of 2020. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Frydenberg outlines financial sector reform timetable

"The need for change is undeniable," says Treasurer Josh Frydenberg, issuing a timetable for dealing with recommendations from the royal commission into banking, superannuation and financial services.
Failure to further strengthen the compulsory super system would be disadvantageous to many future retirees and be an added burden on a later generation of taxpayers. Shutterstock

Grattan on Friday: How ‘guaranteed’ is a rise in the superannuation guarantee?

Liberal senator Andrew Bragg is one of the Coalition backbenchers who oppose the scheduled superannuation guarantee rise to 12%. They are looking to the retirement incomes inquiry to leverage change.

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