Labor Government failing Ukraine

Joint media release: The Hon Andrew Hastie MP, Shadow Minister for Defence The Albanese Government must explain why they are delaying the delivery of further assistance to Ukraine, despite urgent calls for support. It is deeply concerning that no new or additional funding for Ukraine was included in Labor’s May Budget in support of their…

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Statement on the public attribution of malicious cyber activity by People’s Republic of China

Joint media release: Senator James Paterson, Shadow Minister for Homes Affairs, Shadow Minister for Cyber Security   The Australian Government’s decision to join with our Five Eyes partners to publicly attribute malicious cyber activity to the People’s Republic of China is welcome.   The advisory, issued this morning by the Australian Cyber Security Centre, has…

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Childish Government contempt for Senate practice

The Albanese Government has shown complete contempt and childish behaviour in what can only be described as a total lack of respect for the Senate practice of Questions on Notice. Today the Senate compelled the Government to explain why the Minister for the National Disability Insurance Scheme, Bill Shorten, has submitted a number of answers…

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Statement on Ms Cheng Lei

Joint media statement: The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Leader of the Opposition   It is time the Chinese Government brought closure to the case of Australian citizen Ms Cheng Lei and released her from detention. Today marks 1,000 days since Ms Cheng was unjustly detained in China in August 2020. Ms Cheng has been held…

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Albanese government must explain why additional cyber assistance for Ukraine is not required

Joint media release: Senator James Paterson, Shadow Minister for Home Affairs and Shadow Minister for Cyber Security   The Albanese government must explain why it has rejected official requests from Ukraine for cyber assistance to help the nation defend against malicious Russian cyber attacks and information operations. Ukrainian and Australian officials have acknowledged that Ukraine…

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No need to hesitate about NATO

The Opposition welcomes Prime Minister Albanese’s delayed acceptance to attend the NATO Leaders’ Summit in July.   In what should have been an obvious and swift yes to the invitation the Prime Minister finally has acknowledged the importance of this event and agreed to make time for it.   As one of the AP4 to…

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Op Ed – Nuance is difficult in modern politics

Nuance is difficult in modern politics. Media prefer black or white, without the shades of grey. Many politicians play into that approach, while some activist voters increasingly seek out media where their opinions are largely shouted back at them, reinforcing rather than challenging any of their assessments or opinions. Yet nuance is where I find…

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Targeted sanctions welcomed but a slow response

Joint media release: Senator Claire Chandler, Assistant Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs   20 March 2023 The Coalition welcomes the targeted sanctions and travel bans imposed by the Australian Government today on numerous individuals and entities responsible for the abhorrent human rights abuses in Iran.   This slow response is disappointing with further sanctions on…

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