Tag Archives: Andrew Robb

How Big Iron’s mistake cost you billions

Michael Sainsbury As the iron ore price stopped plunging this week — it closed last night at US$47.60, up a measly 30 cents and only a couple of bucks off its 10-year low, and the simple rules of supply and demand dictate that it will slump again — a fresh roadblock has appeared in the way of Australian producers. The

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China’s political fox hunt calls for some shirt-front diplomacy

Michael Sainsbury Instead of quietly bowing to pressure from the Chinese Communist Party to help net fugitive Chinese officials, the Abbott government should be leveraging the opportunity to agitate for the release of Australians questionably imprisoned in China. The Abbott government continues to be in a quandary about how to deal with China. Last week,

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Palmer’s China comments could scupper trade deal

Michael Sainsbury Crikey, www.crikey.com.au, 25 August, 2014 Clive Palmer’s anti-Chinese government comments last week — they are “bastards” and “mongrels” — could not have come at a worse time for Prime Minister Tony Abbott and Trade Minister Andrew Robb. Chinese President Xi Jinping is preparing to bring more than 400 people — the largest business and

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Talk is cheap: Abbott’s Asia trip missing the real opportunities?

Michael Sainsbury Prime Minister Tony Abbott has firmly cast his trip to North Asia to be all about trade and investment. There has been much focus on free trade agreements with South Korea, Japan and China, Abbott’s destinations this trip. But for all the hype the real value, business-to-business deals, seem to have been lost

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Is Australia’s Abbott dancing with Asia or stepping on toes?

Michael Sainsbury, Nikkei Asian Review After his sweeping victory in the mid-September elections, new Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott appeared to have the right idea about the country’s foreign policy direction. Among other pledges, he vowed to turn the official focus to the Asia-Pacific and engage with a region that accounts for about 90% of

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