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The Deputy PM urges farmers considering leaving their farms to ‘take every bit of good advice available before they take that ultimate step’. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Politics with Michelle Grattan: Deputy PM Michael McCormack on the drought and restive Nationals

Deputy PM Michael McCormack on the drought and restive Nationals. The Conversation, CC BY33.7 MB (download)
Following tensions in the Nationals party room over the bring-forward of the dairy code for Pauline Hanson, the Deputy PM admits that the party leadership mishandled the situation.
‘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.
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.
“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”.
In his address on foreign policy in Chicago, Morrison said China needed to reflect its new status as a developed country in its trade arrangements and meeting environmental challenges. Mick Tsikas/AAP

Albanese slams Morrison for using a “loud hailer” to talk to China from US

Anthony Albanese has attacked Scott Morrison for sending a message to Beijing while in the United State, opening a partisan rift at a time when Australia-China relations are at a low point.
“You won’t find a more sure and steadfast friend, a better political mate, than Australia,” said Morrison. Mick Tsikas/AAP

View from The Hill: To go to China you have to be invited: Morrison

Amid the glamour and glitter and the mutually admiring exchanges between Donald Trump and Morrison, China and Iran were the central policy issues of interest during the PM's Washington trip.

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