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China's Foreign Ministry spokesman Wang Wenbin.

‘Firmly and forcefully’: China threatens Australia over Belt and Road decision

China has warned Australia to reverse a decision to rip up Victoria’s Belt and Road Initiative deal, but the federal government is ready to wear any retaliation from the Asian nation.

  • by Eryk Bagshaw and Anthony Galloway

Opinion & Perspectives

Budget courage needed to sustain recovery

John Hewson
John Hewson

We can expect this pre-election budget to be largely political when we need a bold and courageous response to myriad challenges.

Australia leads the world confronting China, for better or worse

Eryk Bagshaw
Eryk Bagshaw

Australia could have adopted the New Zealand or European model of dealing with China, but it has not. Now we should brace for the backlash.

This survey shows Australians have complex attitudes to voting, and that’s the point

David Crowe
David Crowe

The voting picture from the Resolve Strategic Monitor shows Australians are in no rush to decide their verdicts on Scott Morrison and Anthony Albanese.



Queensland MP George Christensen will not contest the next election.

Outspoken Nationals MP George Christensen to quit politics

George Christensen will end his controversial political career at the next election, warning of the “broken” state of politics and signalling he won’t go quietly.

  • by Rob Harris
Secretary of the Department of Health Professor Brendan Murphy, Chief Medical Officer Professor Paul Kelly, Health Minister Greg Hunt and Prime Minister Scott Morrison announced the changes on Thursday.

No Pfizer for over-50s as Victoria braces for subcontinent virus threat

Australians over 50 will not be able to get a Pfizer vaccine until the end of the year while national cabinet has also agreed on travel restrictions for people arriving from India.

  • by Rachel Clun, Chip Le Grand and Jackson Graham

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