Second Anniversary of AUKUS

Joint media release: The Hon Andrew Hastie MP, Shadow Minister for Defence 16 September 2023   Two years ago, the Coalition government struck the AUKUS deal alongside our close partners, the United States and the United Kingdom. It was an historic moment for Australia, forging the pathway to acquiring nuclear-powered submarines for the Royal Australian…

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Mahsa Jina Amini Day

Joint media release: Senator Claire Chandler, Shadow Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs 12 September 2023 The Federal Opposition stands with the Iranian-Australian community as the first anniversary of the death of Mahsa Jina Amini and the Women, Life, Freedom movement approaches this Saturday 16 September. Over the last 12 months we have sat with and…

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Senator the Hon Marise Payne

8 September 2023   Senator the Hon Marise Payne   Marise Payne will depart the Australian Senate having created history and made a powerful contribution of lasting benefit to Australia.   A Liberal Senator for New South Wales since 9 April 1997, Marise is the longest serving woman in the history of the Senate and…

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One year but little action on Xinjiang report

Joint media release: Senator Claire Chandler, Shadow Assistant Minister for Foreign Affairs   31 August 2023   Today marks one year since the significant report by the United Nations Human Rights Office found human rights violations, including possible crimes against humanity, have been committed against Uyghurs and other ethnic minorities in the Xinjiang region of…

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Detention of Cheng Lei

This Sunday is the third anniversary of Cheng Lei’s detention in China. Cheng Lei’s message to Australians, being reported week, is both touching in its poignancy, but heartbreaking in the cruelty it exposes and reinforces, yet again, why her detention should end. Anniversaries such as this are another opportunity to highlight the plight of Ms…

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Statement on International Development Policy

Joint media release: The Hon Michael McCormack MP, Shadow Minister for International Development and the Pacific   The Coalition welcomes the release of Australia’s new International Development Policy. The policy sets an important marker to identify and direct support to the key challenges facing Australia and our friends and partners in the Pacific and across…

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