Tag Archives: Andrew Robb

Australia, the ASEAN refugee?

Michael Sainsbury Jakarta As the 10 member countries of the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN) race toward their goal of a regional economic community by 2015, forging trade and strategic agreements and luring foreign investment along the way, a once-active regional player has quietly slipped from its earlier objectives. Australia’s increasingly mixed fortunes in

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Foreign Minister with a difference

Michael Sainsbury Singapore When Australia’s newly elected conservative Prime Minister Tony Abbott unveiled his Cabinet last month, there was public outrage that there is only one woman at the most senior level of government. The country had been accustomed to seeing a range of women running top ministries, including its first female prime minister, Julia

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PM puts Barnaby Joyce back in his box with new agriculture FI rules

 Michael Sainsbury Jakarta Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has embraced foreign investment in the nation’s agricultural sector in comments that appeared aimed at clamping down on dissent from Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce who has waged a public battle against foreign companies “buying up the farm.” In Jakarta this morning, Mr Abbott declared that Australia was

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Abbott needs to boost investment in diplomats, trade and business groups to make up lost ground in ASEAN

Michael Sainsbury,  Jakarta The planned fresh start to Australia’s foreign policy promised by Tony Abbott was thrown into turmoil this week when a refugee boat bound for Christmas Island sank only three days ahead of his arrival on his first trip to Indonesia as PM. The exact number of passengers is unknown and so far

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Do Australian politicians, and Treasury, have any idea about China’s economy?

Michael Sainsbury Kevin Rudd will miss the G20 summit in St Petersburg because of his September 7 poll — and the fragile state of the Australian economy is a factor in this decision. The key reason for this that we are firmly on the other side of the peak of the unprecedented China resources boom. China will

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