New Foreign Minister Penny Wong has flown to Fiji to help solidify the government’s relationship with Australia’s Pacific neighbour.
The details of the new arrangements are contained in pre-written joint statements Beijing officials plan to release after meetings with 10 island nations on Monday, documents obtained by AAP show.
Anthony Albanese ‘will respond appropriately’ to message from China
Mr Albanese said the sanctions that have been placed on Australian exports going to China “need to be withdrawn”
Mr Albanese also confirmed he had had a “very positive” exchange with French President Emmanuel Macron, but did not share details of what was said.
Tanya Plibersek apologises for Voldemort comments
“I am saying he looks a bit like Voldemort and we will see whether he can do what he promised he would do when he was last running for leader which is smile more.”
Tanya Plibersek apologised after comparing Peter Dutton to Voldemort (AAP). Source: SBS / AAP
On Thursday morning, 2GB reported that Ms Plibersek had apologised for the comments.
The prime minister also confirmed Ms Plibersek would “certainly” be on his front bench.
Liberal party to review its policies after being deserted by women
Mr Robert said his party’s job as the opposition was to hear the views of the community and would “own” mistakes made.
However, he said the party had paid the price for pre-selecting controversial candidate Katherine Deves in Warringah.
“Australians will be expecting us to focus on them by holding the government to account. And there will be a lot to account for,” he said.
Stuart Robert at a press conference after visiting Woodside Karda Robotics on Day 9 of the 2022 federal election campaign, in Perth. Source: AAP / MICK TSIKAS/AAPIMAGE
“We’ve already seen Mr Chalmers and Ms Gallagher crab-walking away from their commitment to lower the cost of everything. So you can expect a very, very strong and robust defence of the Australian people from us.”
According to the Australian Electoral Commission, as at Wednesday afternoon Labor was set to hold 75 seats to the coalition’s 61, with two Greens, and 12 other crossbenchers.