‘Paper cat’ Australia will learn its lesson

Around the announcement of the arbitration tribunal over the South China Sea, Australia was one of the most delirious countries. Canberra immediately supported the arbitration result and claimed China “must” abide by it, and also signed a joint declaration with the US and Japan. Australia has inked a free trade agreement with China, its biggest…

Foreign-owned land register will not be made public

A new register of agricultural land will not be made public despite the Government’s promise to provide more transparency over foreign investment in Australian farms. The long-awaited register was established by the Coalition last year to allay concerns within the Australian community that the Government should have more oversight and information in relation to foreign…

Australia a country of ‘inglorious history’ says Chinese media outlet 

South China Sea dispute: Australia a country of ‘inglorious history’ says Chinese media outlet after Canberra statement A nationalist media outlet in China has lambasted Australia as a “country with an inglorious history” that doesn’t rate being called a “paper tiger” following Canberra’s decision to support an international tribunal that ruled against Beijing’s territorial claims….

Libs seek to ban strikes by police, nurses

WA police, nurses and other public essential services workers would be banned going on strike under a policy proposal to be put to the Liberal Party’s State Conference next month. They would also be banned from enterprise bargaining and instead have their pay and conditions set by compulsory arbitration in the Industrial Relations Commission. The…

Report highlights cosy relationship between mining industry and political parties

THE cosy and often secretive relationship between political parties and their donors in the mining industry has been highlighted in a report that looks at six controversial projects in Queensland including Adani’s Carmichael mine. “All of these projects received extraordinary outcomes including policy changes, project approvals and even legislative changes,” a statement from The Australia…

Nick Xenophon raises WTO spectre on asbestos-laced goods

Nick Xenophon says he has received advice that China counts products that have 5 per cent or less asbestos by weight as ‘asbestos free’ Australia should consider imposing World Trade Organisation sanctions on countries that do not have robust regulatory systems that prevent goods containing asbestos from being exported, crossbench kingpin Nick Xenophon says. Senator…