Tag: Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull

Labor senator Sam Dastyari told the Chinese media in September 2016 that Australia shouldn’t interfere with China’s activities in the South China Sea, contradicting his own party’s policy. Photograph: Dean Lewins/AAP

Australians Voice Free Speech Concerns over Laws to Prevent Chinese Political Meddling

Australia rolled out a sweeping package of laws designed to counteract espionage and foreign political influence in December, but criticism of the laws prompted a parliamentary review beginning on Tuesday. In essence, the critics fear Australia has gone too far and jeopardized free speech rights, as well as creating legal pitfalls for international institutions, including media organizations and the Catholic Church.

SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - NOVEMBER 05: Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull attends a press conference at Kirribilli House on November 5, 2017 in Sydney, Australia. The new New Zealand Prime Minister is on a one-day visit to Australia. (Photo by Lisa Maree Williams/Getty Images)

Turnbull Announces Overhaul of Australian Intelligence After Chinese Influence Scandal

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announced new legislation on Tuesday designed to implement the most extensive overhaul his nation’s intelligence and espionage services have seen in decades. The move is driven by what Australia’s ABC News describes as “growing concerns within the intelligence community about the influence of Chinese Government agents and political donations.”


WWI Australian Battle of Beersheba re-Enacted in Israel on Centennial

BEERSHEBA, Israel — A century to the day after Australian troops broke through Ottoman defenses in a daring World War I victory, nearly 200 horsemen — including descendants of the soldiers — paraded through streets of an Israeli city in a memorial to those killed in a battle that helped turn the tide of the war and shape the modern Middle East.

Australian Prime Minister Roasts Trump in Leaked Audio

In an audio recording released by Australia’s Nine News, Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull roasted President Donald Trump at the annual Mid-Winter Ball in Canberra. Turnbull responded to the leaked audio by saying the Trump impersonation was meant as a

Syrian Truce Receives New Blows With Airstrikes, Shelling

Syria’s fragile cease-fire started to unravel on Sunday with the first aerial attacks on rebel-held neighborhoods of Aleppo and a southern village that killed at least eight people, violations that came as tensions between the American and Russian brokers of the deal worsened following a deadly US strike on Syrian government forces.

Conservatives Poised To Retain Power In Australia

Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull looked almost certain to retain power after a bruising national election as key independent lawmakers pledged support and marathon vote counting in close-run electorates leaned in his favor on Friday.

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Conservatives Close in on Australian Government Rule

Australia’s next government looked more likely to remain in conservatives’ hands Thursday as they secured extra seats in an ongoing vote count after weekend elections, and a key independent pledged his support.

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Australian Election Cliff-Hanger Leaves Nation In Limbo

Australia’s political parties began horsetrading on Sunday to break an anticipated parliamentary deadlock after a dramatic election failed to produce a clear winner, raising the prospect of prolonged political and economic instability.

Australia Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull announces his new cabinet as Foreign Minister Julie Bishop, left, looks on during a press conference at Parliament House in Canberra, Australia, Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015. Turnbull announced sweeping changes to his first Cabinet and promoted more women from two to five, including Australia’s first female Defense Minister Marise Payne. (AP Photo/Rob Griffith)

Australia Immigration Policy Threatens To Hijack Election Agenda

SYDNEY (Reuters) – Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull’s election agenda focussing on jobs and growth is at risk of being hijacked by the country’s harsh immigration policy and controversial network of offshore detention camps for asylum seekers.


Australia’s Election Set To Be ‘Neck And Neck’

Australia’s election is set to be a nail-biter with two polls published Monday suggesting it is too close to call as the first full day of campaigning got underway. Conservative Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, in the top job for less


Kuwaitis Criticize Obama Over Atlantic Interview Remarks

JAFFA, Israel – A top Kuwaiti official has made unusually harsh remarks about President Barack Obama ahead of his visit to the Gulf region. In addition to other Arab officials, Tamer Alsabah, the head of Kuwait’s national security agency, criticized Obama for