Mark Dreyfus, Anthony Albanese to update laws to prevent Optus repeat

The federal government will bring data and privacy laws “up to date” to protect Australians in the wake of the “messy” Optus breach. Almost 10 million Australians were impacted in the hack, with personal details ranging from their full name and address to their passport, drivers license and Medicare numbers accessed by the hackers. Some … Read more

Optus cyber attack: Thousands of Medicare numbers accessed by hackers

Optus has confirmed that the valid Medicare ID numbers of 14,900 Australians have been exposed to hackers. The telecommunications giant says it will contact all of the customers who had their Medicare data breached within 24 hours. On top of the nearly 15,000 valid Medicare numbers which were exposed, Optus has advised customers that a … Read more

China and Russia friendship in danger as Putin exposed as weak and incompetent

Is Chairman Xi Jinping poised to dump President Vladimir Putin? Or is their “no limits” relationship being precisely that? Things have changed since the two leaders declared fast friendship at the Beijing Winter Olympics in February. Days later, Mr Putin invaded Ukraine. Now, he’s desperately trying to save face as his forces retreat in disarray. … Read more

US in talks to build Australia’s first nuclear-powered submarines

The United States is in talks to build Australia its first nuclear-powered submarines by the mid-2030s to respond to China’s growing military. The proposed plan, yet to be formally approved, is to provide Australia with an initial fleet while longer-term efforts will give Australia the capability to produce its own, Wall Street Journal exclusively revealed … Read more

Foreign Minister Penny Wong tells China to act on Russia-Ukraine war in speech to UN

Foreign Minister Penny Wong has called on China to use its “no limits” partnership with Russia to help bring an end to the Kremlin’s “illegal, immoral” invasion of Ukraine. Senator Wong has used a speech to the United Nations General Assembly to say countries with close ties to Moscow must exert their influence to stop … Read more

Penny Wong talks trade ‘blockages’ with Chinese counterpart Wang Yi on sidelines of UN General Assembly

Foreign Minister Penny Wong has again urged Beijing to remove punitive trade measures against Australia during a meeting with her Chinese counterpart Wang Yi in New York. Key points: Penny Wong says she focused on pressing China to unwind trade sanctions and described talks as “constructive” She also addressed Australians arbitrarily detained in China, and … Read more

Ukrainian President appeals to world leaders amid escalating Russian nuclear threats

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy has called on world leaders to bolster their support for Ukraine — and called out those who have claimed neutrality — amid increasing Russian aggression and nuclear threats. Key points: Volodymyr Zelenskyy called for “punishment for the catastrophic turbulence that Russia provoked with its illegal war” Mr Zelenskyy received a standing … Read more

Foreign Minister Penny Wong speaks about ambassador role for First Nations People which is now open to the public

The Albanese Government has announced expressions of interest for the ambassador role for First Nations People, following its commitment to widen Australia’s foreign policy. The ambassador position is open to the public, aiming to encourage “qualified and interested” individuals to apply. Foreign Affairs Minister Penny Wong said an ambassador for First Nations People will lead … Read more

Australia’s funding offer to the Solomon Islands

What is it about Australian diplomacy that makes it so clumsy and dunderheaded? Is it the harsh delivery, the tactless expression, or the inability to do things with subtle reflection? On 6 September, Australian diplomacy gave another display of such form with Foreign Minister Penny Wong’s remarks about the Solomon Islands elections. Things have been … Read more

Solomon Islands parliament votes to delay national poll as Manasseh Sogavare mocks Australia’s election fund offer

The Solomon Islands parliament has voted to delay the country’s national elections to 2024, backing a push from Prime Minister Manasseh Sogavare to postpone the poll until after the Pacific Games next year. Key points: Manasseh Sogavare says the elections had to be delayed until after the Pacific Games due to the cost The opposition … Read more