Interview on ABC News, Breakfast with Lisa Millar

Transcript, E&OE Topics: Cheng Lei; Australia-China relationship, National Cabinet discussion on borders. 01 September 2020   Michael Rowland: And trade tensions have intensified with China following news of a second investigation into Australian wine exports. It comes on the same day Australia woman Cheng Lei — as we have just mentioned, a journalist working in China…

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Doorstop interview, Canberra

Transcript, E&OE Topics: Travel bubbles; State borders Canberra, Australia 29 August 2020     Journalist: How likely is it that we’re going to develop a travel bubble with New Zealand or anyone else? Simon Birmingham: A number of countries in addition to New Zealand have expressed interest in trying to find safe pathways to open up to…

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Interview on 2GB Breakfast with Ben Fordham

Transcript Topics: Federal Government amendment to foreign policy rules, nation brand logo. 27 August 2020   Ben Fordham: Now, this is a good call. The Prime Minister is cracking down on foreign interference – he’s introducing new laws aimed at boosting Chinese influence out of Australia. The Federal Government will be able to rip up any…

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Interview on 5RM Breakfast with Anthony Milich

Topics: Trade and tourism issues 21/08/2020 07:20AM   Anthony Milich:           A couple of very special guests this morning. Tim Whetstone, Member of Chaffey. Good morning to you.   Tim Whetstone:           Morning, Anthony.   Anthony Milich:           And you brought a friend along to work this morning.   Tim Whetstone:           I have, and quite an influential one…

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Doorstop in Renmark, South Australia  

Topics: Trade and tourism in South Australia; Cross-border restrictions; International students pilot program 20/08/20   Question:        What have you thought of the recovery of regional Australia from COVID- in terms of tourism so far?   Simon Birmingham:    There’s a real buoyancy in regional tourism right now as a result of the fact that people from…

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Interview on ABC News, Afternoon Briefing, with Patricia Karvelas

Transcript, E&OE Topics: China-Australian relations, Australian wine industry; state border closures 18 August 2020   Patricia Karvelas: Well, China’s Government has announced an investigation into Australian wine exports for alleged dumping. The Commerce Ministry says bottles of Australian wine under two litres will be the focus of a one-year investigation. Earlier this year, China concluded an…

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Doorstop, Adelaide

Transcript, E&OE Topics: China’s anti-dumping investigation into Australian wine imports. 18 August 2020     Simon Birmingham: Well, thanks very much for coming along. Chinese authorities have today announced they are commencing an investigation into claims of dumping of Australian wine into the Chinese market and they’ve also advised the Australian Government that they are considering…

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