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The US economy is fine, but watch out for gathering trade storms

A former colleague of mine at the OECD (a Paris-based public policy research organization financed by member country governments) smiled at me over a five-o’clock beer with a cutting remark that reports of economic analysis were “a dime a dozen.” I felt like wiping the floor with him, but gulping down my drink, I thought again how low a once ...

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US defence strategy faces ‘unprecedented crisis’

Australia should diversify its network of defence allies as the military might of America weakens, report warns America’s military authority is waning and it is ill-prepared to go to war withChina in the Indo-Pacific region, a new report from the United States Studies Centre has warned, arguing Australia must move towards a shared reliance on a network of allies, in ...

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Morrison: middle Australia has lost faith in public sector

Scott Morrison to map out overhaul of public service while Josh Frydenberg will promise banking changes before end of year The Morrison government will define its plans to reform the public sector by focusing on service delivery to middle Australians and set out a timetable for banking and financial sector reforms in two major speeches on Monday. Scott Morrison, speaking ...

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Visa character test change ‘could mean fivefold rise in deportations’

The Coalition is being warned that a renewed push to tighten the character test for visa holders could see a fivefold increase in the number of people facing deportation, with residents from New Zealand and humanitarian refugees disproportionately affected. The Morrison government has reintroduced a bill to change the Migration Actto provide grounds for visa cancellation or refusal where a non-citizen has been ...

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Australia negotiating with US to boost dwindling fuel supply

Australia is in talks with the United States to buy millions of barrels of oil to boost dangerously low levels of fuel held on domestic soil. The Morrison government is negotiating with the Trump administration to access the oil from America’s own fuel reserve, as Australia hunts for a way to address dwindling local supply. Australia has enough petrol and ...

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Australia won’t host U.S. missiles, prime minister says

SYDNEY (Reuters) – U.S. intermediate-range missiles will not be deployed in Australia, Prime Minister Scott Morrison said on Monday, after the United States revealed ambitions to site missiles in the Asia-Pacific region. Officials from both governments held talks in Sydney over the weekend that ended with a joint statement in which the two allies pledged to strengthen opposition to Chinese ...

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Israel’s Do-over Election: A Guide to All the Parties and Who Holds the Keys to the Next Government

The final list of political parties running in Israel’s September 17 election looks like it will be remarkably — and historically — short. The entire political firmament learned a harsh lesson from the April election: unity within ideological allies is crucial. Smaller parties flying solo risk falling below the electoral threshold and not making the Knesset — and when that ...

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Israel Is Expected to Approve Surge in Jewish Construction in West Bank

JERUSALEM — In a rare step, Israel approved plans late Tuesday to build 715 housing units for Palestinians in the occupied West Bank, though the government is soon expected to endorse 6,800 units for Jewish settlers there, too. About 3,700 settler housing units have already been approved this year, and the addition of 6,800 would push 2019 past the record ...

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Israel Folau launches court proceedings against Rugby Australia, NSW Waratahs over unfair dismissal claim

Sacked former rugby union international Israel Folau will today launch court proceedings for unfair dismissal against Rugby Australia and the NSW Waratahs. Folau’s multi-million-dollar contract was terminated in May after he posted to social media that homosexuals, among others, would go to hell. Rugby Australia said the post breached its professional players code of conduct — a decision that was upheld ...

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US backers of rightwing Australian conference say CPAC event won’t be one-off

The powerful US backers of a conservative conference being held in Sydney next week say they are committed to making the event a “multi-year, forever-type project” aimed at galvanising the right wing of Australian politics. The organiser of the first Australian Conservative Political Action Conference, or CPAC, says the event will “not be a one-off” and that its US backers, the ...

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