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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Statement on AUKUS

Joint statement: The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Leader of the Opposition The Hon Andrew Hastie MP, Shadow Minister for Defence Tuesday 14 March 2023 The Coalition welcomes the Government’s announcement of the next step in the AUKUS partnership established by the Coalition Government in 2021.   The concept of AUKUS was first conceived by Prime…

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Invasion of Ukraine one year on

Joint media release: The Hon Peter Dutton MP, Leader of the Opposition The Hon Andrew Hastie MP, Shadow Minister for Defence 24 February 2023   One year ago today Russia launched an immoral and illegal invasion of Ukraine. This anniversary of Russia’s reprehensible invasion will be a difficult day for Ukrainians. We share their grief,…

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Stronger action needed to support the people of Iran

Joint media release: The Hon Karen Andrews MP, Shadow Minister for Home Affairs & Shadow Minister for Child Protection and the Prevention of Family Violence Senator James Paterson, Shadow Minister for Cyber Security & Shadow Minister for Countering Foreign Interference   Media Release   The Coalition welcomes recommendations released today by the Senate Foreign Affairs…

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Statement on Dr Yang Jun

Today marks four years since Dr Yang Hengjun (Dr Yang Jun) was detained in China. While reports have noted that Dr Yang was allowed a consular visit, the Opposition remains deeply concerned for Dr Yang’s welfare as well as his limitations on access to legal representation. The uncertainty and continual delays to Dr Yang’s case…

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Senator Jim Molan AO DSC

Australia has lost a true patriot and serviceman who demonstrated unwavering dedication to the safety and security of our nation. Jim Molan served Australia as a soldier, a Senator, a community volunteer and a strategist. A man of principle, who was willing to make sacrifices for his beliefs, Jim embodied the best of service to…

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Statement on the crackdown on families of Iranian-Australian protestors in Iran

Joint media release: Senator James Paterson, Shadow Minister for Countering Foreign Interference   The Coalition is gravely concerned by media reports detailing the jailing of family of Iranian-Australian protestors by the regime in Tehran. Particularly concerning is the suggestion that this has been enabled by representatives of the regime in Australia.   If these allegations…

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Visit to Papua New Guinea

This week I will travel to Papua New Guinea to understand the impact of development work, particularly in the health sphere, and undertake local meetings. Over five days I will visit Port Moresby and nearby towns of Kuriva, Kerea and Pari, as well as Goroka and Asaro. The visit will enable discussions with PNG officials,…

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Diplomatic Appointments

The Albanese Government has today announced a number of important diplomatic appointments and I wish all of those appointed well in their new postings. None is more important than the appointment of Australia’s new Ambassador to the United States of America, former Prime Minister Kevin Rudd. Over the years Australia’s Ambassador in Washington has been…

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Foreign Minister visit to China

The Coalition welcomes the visit Australia’s Foreign Minister will make to the People’s Republic of China. Engagement between governments is essential to advance areas of mutual interest and to manage differences. It was always counterproductive for the Chinese Government to cease ministerial dialogue for a period of time and the resumption of face-to-face dialogue has…

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