Australia-China relations, crucial as they might be for Australia’s economic wellbeing, may get rougher.
Michelle Grattan discusses the increasing strain on the Australia-China relationship following the arrest of Dr. Yang Hengjun, and the government's draft religious discrimination legislation.
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.
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.
Attorney-General Christian Porter unveiled the draft legislation at Sydney’s Great Synagogue on Thursday.
Under the government's draft religious discrimination legislation, big companies would face tougher rules in relation to indirect discrimination.
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”.
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.
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”.
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.
There has been mounting concern over Chinese influence in Australia’s universities.
The Morrison government is setting up a University Foreign Interference Taskforce, as it grapples with encroachments by China into Australia's higher education sector.
Setka’s lawyers had argued that the party’s power of expulsion lay with its Victorian branch, not with the national executive.
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.
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.
Parkinson said Australia would need to use all its advantages, like its multicultural and merit-based society, to sustain its prosperity and security in the future.
In his valedictory address, outgoing secretary of the Prime Minister's Department Martin Parkinson, condemned “entrenched disadvantage” in Australia.
Christine Morgan points to the value of the brand of Headspace for young people; they know “this is a place I can go”.
PM’s advisor Christine Morgan on tackling Australia’s rising suicide rates.
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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.
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?
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.
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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.
Australia will be making a “modest, meaningful and time-limited contribution” to the US-led coalition in the Strait of Hormuz.
Scott Morrison has announced a long-expected commitment to join the US-led coalition in the Strait of Hormuz, expressing concerns over incidents in the Strait: "It is a threat to our economy”.
Bill Shorten and Tanya Plibersek read The Very Hungry Caterpillar – which did not make our experts’ list.
If you were in charge of the new parliamentary book club, what Australian book would you want your representative to read? Our experts weigh in.
Morrison describes the “the bacon and eggs principle” where “the chicken is involved, but the pig is committed”.
Ahead of the formal receipt of the Thodey report on the public service, Morrison stresses the service must be responsive to both its ministers and the “quiet Australians”.
Frydgenberg commits to remaining royal commission recommendations requiring legislation to be introduced by the end of 2020.
"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.
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison has been at the Pacific Islands Forum in Tuvalu.
Michelle Grattan reviews another busy week in federal politics, and take a look at the prime minister's major speech on Monday on the public service.
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.
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.