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05 Dec Sanctions act to target human rights abusers

Ben Packham - The Australian - Thursday 5 December The Morrison government will look at introducing new targeted sanctions to seize the assets of human rights offenders and ban them from entering the country, amid a growing outcry over abuses in China’s Xinjiang region. Foreign Minister Marise...

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05 Dec MPs urge tough Cambodia line

MPs urge tough Cambodia line - Sydney Morning Herald - Thursday 5 December 2019 Australian MPs from both major parties have united to condemn Cambodian Prime Minister Hun Sen in the wake of the dictator’s political opponent being put on trial for widely criticised treason charges. Liberal...

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26 Nov MPs demand tougher defence against spies

David Crowe and Anthony Galloway - Sydney Morning Herald - Tuesday 26 November Federal politicians are demanding an immediate escalation of Australian safeguards against foreign interference in an explosive debate over claims the Chinese government tried to install an agent in Parliament. The bipartisan demands include tighter...

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20 Nov China is closing itself off to criticism

Our first duty as Commonwealth parliamentarians is to defend the sovereignty, values and national interest of the Australian ­people. Any self-respecting politician in the free world also feels an obligation to speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves. We would be failing in these...

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19 Nov Too many regulators could dilute our democratic control

James Paterson - The Australian Financial Review - Tuesday 19 November The corporations and financial services committee’s first oversight hearing of the Australian Securities and Investments Commission for the new Parliament in September generated some excited media commentary about a “new approach” to parliamentary scrutiny. Some commentators...

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18 Nov Cool heads, smart policy will balance China ties

EDITORIAL - The Australian - Monday 18 November The Australian’s Strategic Forum — Navigating the East-West Divide — is timely. Featuring speakers including Paul Keating, Josh Frydenberg, Huawei Australia chairman John Lord and former White House chief strategist John Bannon (in a prerecorded interview), the conference...

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18 Nov China ban should be a badge of honour for MPs

Nathan Atrill - Sydney Morning Herald - Monday 18 November China's denial of visas to Liberal MP Andrew Hastie and his Senate colleague James Paterson – because of their criticism of its human rights abuses and political repression – is the latest in Australia’s increasingly awkward...

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