A national security report released this week made several recommendations for universities to protect themselves and their research from foreign interference and espionage.
Australia is seeing foreign interference attempts ‘at all levels of government’. But awareness is key to stopping it, not unenforceable laws.
A new report has found students and academics critical of China’s Communist Party are being harassed and intimidated by supporters of Beijing. Universities must do more to protect academic freedom.
Australian universities must take tougher actions to punish pro-China students who intimidate others. But the media must also be careful not to deem all China supporters as threats to democracy.
As diplomatic relations worsened in recent years, people-to-people ties remained strong. Now, however, it appears even academics and journalists are becoming ‘pawns’ in a great diplomatic tussle.
Launching journalist Peter Hartcher’s Quarterly Essay, Red Flag: Waking up to China’s challenge, Rudd said “we have become too China-dependent. We need to diversify further”.
By (very unusually) confirming the investigation, ASIO boss Mike Burgess gives credibility to the Nine story that made the claim.
Both climate activist Greta Thunberg and former U.S. president Barack Obama made their presences known during the Canadian election. Was it interference?
As the rhetoric around Chinese interference in Australia intensifies – most recently with the Gladys Liu allegations – Chinese-Australians have become ‘collateral damage’.
Arthur Sinodinos with some reflections and advice
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As Arthur Sinodinos prepares to leave the Senate for his new role as Australian ambassador to the US, he sits with Michelle Grattan to reflect on his time in politics.
Following a politically disastrous interview, Liberal MP Gladys Liu has issued a statement strongly proclaiming her loyalty to Australia and her support for the government’s policy on China.
With serious questions being raised about Liu’s possible links to United Front organisations in Australia, a dark cloud could continue to hang over both her and the Liberal Party.
Australia must develop the intellectual acumen to see the world through China’s leaders’ eyes to manage the relationship on its own terms.
Scott Morrison, desperate to smother what is on most criteria a damaging story coming almost on the eve of the election being called, insists there is nothing to see in Dutton’s conduct.
The bill makes it easier for states and territories to seek help from the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to respond to terrorist and other violent occurrences.
An edited extract of an interview which is published in partnership with The Australian Strategic Policy Institute.
Attorney-General Christian Porter on a crowded agenda.
Christian Porter says the response to the consultations for a national apology to victims of child sexual abuse has been very strong with a total of 167 attendees at consultation sessions so far.
The Australia-China relationship involves walls and whispers, as well as all the rhetoric about trust and respect.
It is likely that the parliamentary intelligence and security committee will want more clarification on how things would operate in the grey area.
Michelle Grattan speaks with Deep Saini about the week in Australian politics.