Chinese students in Australia are living in a new media landscape

Most Chinese international students in Australia don't rely on big local outlets such as The Sydney Morning Herald or the ABC for their news. Instead, they choose Chinese-language tabloid websites that are written and produced in Sydney and serve up local news on the popular Chinese social media platform WeChat with a patriotic bent. These sites are often critical of mainstream Australian media coverage of important issues to the estimated 6..

It was only ever going to end one way: How Richo sealed NSW ALP’s...

Sean KellyColumnist and former adviser to Labor prime ministers Kevin Rudd and Julia Gillard. September 2, 2019 — 12.02amAbout a month ago, close observers might have noticed that the phrase “deep dives” had begun to appear in dispatches from Canberra. Since the election, we read, the Prime Minister had started to arrange these sub-aqueous excursions into certain policy areas. This was part of the reason we were not hearing much from the governme..

Unions baulk at Hong Kong trade deal amid unrest

Two of Australia's largest trade unions are pressuring the government to suspend a $26 billion free-trade deal with Hong Kong following months of political unrest in the Chinese territory. The intervention follows advice from government migration departments that Hong Kong business owners are increasingly looking to move to Australia, as the local economy faces its first recession in a decade. Unions have opposed the Hong Kong Free Trade Agr..

Lifting refugee intake would boost economy by $5b a year: Deloitte

Increasing Australia's refugee intake, even temporarily, could boost the economy by $5 billion a year and sustain 35,000 full-time jobs for the next 50 years. The findings, in a Deloitte Access Economics report, challenge both major parties' reluctance to increase immigration rates despite calls from the business community in the face of sluggish economic growth. The children of refugee families had job prospects about equal to the Aust..

I’m ‘conservative’ on abortion but it’s for MPs’ conscience, PM says

Biarritz, France: While he sits on the “conservative” side of the decriminalisation of abortion debate, Prime Minister Scott Morrison says it should be a matter of conscience for the individual MPs who have to vote on it. And he said it should not be a matter for the Commonwealth to dictate the rules. Morrison has so far stayed clear of the abortion debate that has polarised and paralysed the NSW Parliament. Prime Minister Scott Morrison at a pre..

Alan Jones, the perfect symbol for the fragility of the Australian ego

August 18, 2019 — 12.00amWho better to represent to an international audience the exquisite fragility of the Australian ego than our own Alan Jones? A champion of the squawk-and-splutter; he is peerless in his ability to attack viciously those who make perfectly mild and reasonable points that incandesce him with rage, perhaps because they are so mild and reasonably made. Illustration: Reg LynchCredit: Nothing ignites Jones more than the calm, t..

Amid foreign interference fears, Chinese students do democracy on campus

For two years, Weihong Liang was one of the most influential students at the University of Sydney. Popular and smart, the Chinese national rode a wave of international student involvement in campus politics twice to be elected president of the postgraduate student association at a university that has launched countless state and federal political careers. Former Sydney University student Weihong Liang now attends a Chinese Communist Party trainin..

Pacific step up or stuff-up? The complexities behind Scott Morrison’s week in Tuvalu

When Scott Morrison walked down the steps of his RAAF jet and stepped foot on Funafuti, the tiny Pacific atoll which is 400 metres at its widest and just 18 kilometres long, he was greeted by the sight of several small children submerged in a wading pool. "Save Tuvalu, save the world," the Prime Minister was told. It was a message that would be repeated for days to come. The grouping of tiny islands in the Pacific was known to the rest of the wor..

More ‘flash mob’ protests expected, DFAT warns in Hong Kong travel advice

Travellers have been warned of unpredictable "flash mob" protests and random attacks on protesters in updated Hong Kong travel advice after thousands of democracy campaigners brought the city's airport to a standstill on Monday night. Australia's Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) told travellers to exercise a "high degree" of caution and check their flight status following ongoing, "intensified protests". Protesters during ..

Mike Burgess announced as new ASIO boss

Australian Signals Directorate director-general Mike Burgess will replace Duncan Lewis at the helm of the nation's domestic spy agency. Mr Burgess has been appointed director-general of the Australian Security Intelligence Organisation after Mr Lewis announced his retirement last month. Mike Burgess has also been a cyber security adviser in the private sector.Credit:Ben Rushton Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said Mr Burgess had served Au..

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