Australia boosts funding for Pacific to counter China

15 May

Australia will spend an extra $206 million to boost ties and increase its presence in the Indo-Pacific as a counter to China’s growing influence in the region. Canberra is increasing its footprint through security deals and infrastructure...[Read More]

Refugee support services get budget boost

15 May

Transitional services for refugees and migrants have been topped up amid a federal budget scant on immigration details. The government has put aside $27 million in refugee and migrant funding over three years towards youth support, specialised...[Read More]

New flight route between Australia and Palau

8 May

A new non-stop flight service between Australia and Palau is being launched with the support of both countries’ governments. The Palau Paradise Express, operated by Nauru Airlines, will fly between Brisbane and Palau’s commercial centre Koror,...[Read More]

Foreign investment rules deemed ‘non-discriminatory’

1 May

The treasurer says Australia’s foreign investment settings won’t discriminate against certain countries, even as his reforms respond to geopolitical threats, the energy transition and shifts in the global economy. Jim Chalmers will outline...[Read More]

Japan’s giants commit to Aussie nickel joint venture

1 May

Nickel explorer Ardea Resources will accelerate a “globally significant” $3 billion nickel project in Western Australia despite a glut in the battery metal. Ardea announced on Monday a co-operation agreement with Sumitomo Metal Mining and...[Read More]

Car prices won’t spike under new efficiency standards

27 March

Car prices won’t go up under Labor’s new fuel efficiency standards, Energy Minister Chris Bowen says. Transport Minister Catherine King and Mr Bowen unveiled the government’s final plans for new vehicle rules on Tuesday, which will be...[Read More]

‘Please don’t forget us’: Ukrainians plead for more aid

27 March

“Please, please don’t forget us.” Those are the pleas of a Ukrainian child experiencing a war with no end in sight. It’s been more than two years since Russia launched its full-scale invasion on Ukraine, where civilians are suffering from...[Read More]

China talks could put Aussie wine and beef on the menu

20 March

Australian producers are hopeful a visit from the Chinese foreign minister could see an end to punitive trade barriers. Despite China easing trade sanctions against Australia, several tariffs and impediments remain, primarily targeting wine, lobster...[Read More]

China moves to dump tariffs on $1b wine exports

13 March

China has recommended dropping tariffs on Australian wine exports worth $1bn in an interim decision. Beijing is reviewing the sanctions through a five-month process after the Albanese government agreed to suspend Australia’s dispute lodged with...[Read More]

Millions of welfare recipients to get boost in payments

6 March

Australians on social security are set to receive more money in their pockets when payments are indexed. Those on the age pension, disability support pension and carer payment will pocket an extra $19.60 for singles and $29.40 for couples combined...[Read More]

Aussie funding helps Pacific athletes attend Olympics

14 February

Australian taxpayers will help fund Pacific nations get to the looming Olympic and Paralympic Games in Paris. Sports in 13 Pacific nations will receive $1.47 million funding from the federal government in partnership with the Australian Olympic...[Read More]

Australia’s clean exports could slash global emissions

14 February

Australia could cut anywhere between six and nine per cent of global emissions by doubling down on green export industries all while powering another round of prosperity to rival the mining boom. That’s the message leading economist Ross Garnaut...[Read More]

Hi-tech guns for frigates to give navy edge at sea

10 January

Australia will spend $380 million on naval artillery guns and fully automatic ammunition systems for its Hunter class frigates. BAE Systems has been contracted to deliver the weaponry which is due to be completed by 2036. The automated gun system...[Read More]

Canberra condemns Russia getting North Korean missiles

10 January

Australia has condemned Russia for receiving ballistic missiles from North Korea as well as their use against Ukraine. “The transfer of these weapons increases the suffering of the Ukrainian people, supports Russia’s war of aggression and...[Read More]

China eases trade beef but abattoirs chase bigger stake

13 December

China has lifted suspensions from three Australian abattoirs in a further easing of punitive trade sanctions. China’s customs agency has removed bans on Teys Australia in Naracoorte, South Australia, Australian Lamb Company in Colac, Victoria, and...[Read More]