Australian Politics


India rises for Australia

God help me, I agree with Innes Willox for once: A leader of a powerful business group has called for a better alignment of the nat­ion’s economic and strategic interests, urging Australian companies to resist bullying from China and for diplomats to get “their hands dirty’’ by helping to find alternative export markets. Australian Industry


CCP instructs media on how to report Aussie trade war on itself

Via CCP mouthpiece, The Global Times: The price of liquefied natural gas (LNG) has surged to record highs in recent tradings, with the weekly spot price assessment settled at an all-time-high price of $21.45 per million British thermal units. While most market analysts are focusing on the underlying market factors including seasonable price movement, a


The Strayan: Stan Grant rushed to hospital

Sir Fomo McSpruikerson is an expatriate billionaire and proud proprietor of The Strayan, a vanity media project designed to boost his assets.  Josh Frydenberg announces dob-in line for Australians who haven’t bought an investment property Treasurer Josh Frydenberg has announced a new national dob-in line for Australians that are suspected of not owning an investment


Biden appoints China hawk to run Asia foreign policy

Via Micheal Green at Foreign Policy: First, Campbell is widely recognized as an early and important architect of a strategy to build up alliances and partnerships to keep Beijing in check as Chinese power grew. In the mid-1990s, he was appointed as the senior U.S. Defense Department official on Asia, arriving with relatively little regional


Can Labor break Keating’s China chokehold?

Who knows? All of the evidence says not. But it needs to happen, at the AFR is former Costello staffer David Alexander: The benign view of the rise of authoritarian China, a view underpinning three decades of policymakers pressing for ever greater integration with that country, suffered a mortal blow when the superpower handed over


Angry China bleats as Frydenberg knocks back another takeover

Via The Australian: China has accused Australia of “weaponising the concept of ­national security’’ after a $300 million bid by a Chinese state-owned company to buy a ­construction company was scuppered by Josh Frydenberg. China State Construction ­Engineering Corporation pulled its nearly $300m bid for the ­Australian-based but South ­African-owned Probuild after the Treasurer indicated


Doctors demand withdrawal of Morrison’s dodgy vaccine

Via SMH: The Australian and New Zealand Society for Immunology says the federal government should immediately pause the planned rollout of the AstraZeneca vaccine because it may not be effective enough to generate herd immunity. Phase three clinical trials of the vaccine, which is the centrepiece of Australia’s vaccination strategy, show it is only 62


Realty locusts swarm into early election

Via REIA: Australia’s housing market recorded respectable growth over 2020 and with limited stock and strong demand, 2021 should see further price increases, REIA President Adrian Kelly said. Mr Kelly said the winding back of Jobkeeper and Jobseeker may see temporary issues for tenants in some capital cities but the trend to relocate to the


Civility is always the limit of free speech

Australia’s own brand of loons are upset, at The Australian: Senior Morrison government ministers have slammed the silencing of outgoing US president Donald Trump by social media giants after the pro-Trump siege of the Capitol. Josh Frydenberg and Acting Prime Minister Michael McCormack spoke out against Twitter’s decision to permanently ban Mr Trump days before


An historian’s view of the Capitol riot

From Niall Ferguson at Bloomie: Major pandemics often coincide with religious or political contagions. In his “History of the Peloponnesian War,” Thucydides records how, during the plague that devastated Athens between 430 and 426 BC, people seemed to lose their moral compasses. …During the Black Death that swept across Europe in the 1340s, flagellant orders


Australia’s China relationship “doomed”

Let’s hope so. Via Yahoo: The hostile relationship between Australia and China appears to be damaged beyond repair, a researcher and academic has declared. According to a recent analysis piece by Beijing Foreign Studies University’s Australian Studies Centre assistant professor Diane Hu, the incoming Biden presidency may reset America’s relationship with the Asian superpower, but


Time for a Royal Commission on Australian politics’ China funding

Your Assistant Treasurer (and Minister for Housing) looking pretty matey with someone who may have allegiances to another nation.  Australians need to look at just who is funding Australian political processes, and who else’s interests are being served by any such funding.    YET ANOTHER SECURITY ISSUE OVER AN AUSTRALIAN POLITICIAN & SOMEONE WITH ACCESS


The Strayan: Ian Verrender reported missing

Sir Fomo McSpruikerson is an expatriate billionaire and proud proprietor of The Strayan, a vanity media project designed to boost his assets.  NSW Police file missing person report for ABC journalist Ian Verrender ABC journalist Ian Verrender has been reported missing by NSW Police, exactly one week after penning an article critical of Australia’s relationship


The Strayan: Stan Grant awarded Order of the Heroic Exemplar

Sir Fomo McSpruikerson is an expatriate billionaire and proud proprietor of The Strayan, a vanity media project designed to boost his assets.  Stan Grant awarded Order of the Heroic Exemplar (Chinese: 英雄模范勋章) Veteran Australian journalist Stan Grant has been awarded The Order of the Heroic Exemplar (Chinese: 英雄模范勋章), China’s second-highest medal for services to the


Time to ban WeChat

Via the ABC: Australia’s media has faced “persistent efforts” by the Chinese Communist Party (CCP) to influence and censor content, according to a new report from an Australian think tank. In an analysis of 24 privately-owned Australian media organisations that produced news media in Chinese, the Australian Strategic Policy Institute (ASPI) found four had evidence


China has declared forever war on Australia

First up, China has declared forever war on Aussie coal, at the ABC: Chinese state media appears to have confirmed that Beijing has blocked Australian coal imports, in a move which is likely to cost the economy billions of dollars and further inflame tensions between the two countries. Nationalistic state-owned tabloid The Global Times reports


How to fight a treasonous ABC

The ABC has made an extraordinary editorial decision to support the CCP in its attack on Australia. I cannot emphasise enough how outrageous this is. Taxpayer dollars are now being recycled as a propaganda campaign to end freedom for taxpayers. Needless to say, this is an unprecedented collapse of journalistic ethics at Australia’s national broadcaster.


ScoMo’s dodgy vaccine doesn’t stop virus spread

As we know, ScoMo’s vaccine choice is a little bit dodgy: Goodness. The Director of Government Affairs at Scott Morrison’s suddenly favourite new drug company AstraZeneca is former federal govt lobbyist Kieran Schneemann. He’s also a former Chief of Staff in the Liberal party. Not that there’s anything wrong with that at all. ▫️


How should Australia use its iron ore leverage with China?

Via Sinocism: As China-Australia Ties Worsen, Iron Ore Remains Bulletproof – Bloomberg China has few alternatives as it seeks to stimulate its economy post Covid-19 through infrastructure investment, with Australia accounting for more than half of iron ore shipments globally. If Beijing were to try to purchase solely from non-Australian producers, at best it could