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Police raid Australian official's home after media raids

Sep. 4, 2019 4:52 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Police on Wednesday executed a search warrant on the home of an Australian intelligence officer in a raid that one media executive described as an attempt to intimidate people who talk to journalists. The raid on an inner-Canberra house owned by Australian Signals Directorate...

Detained writer urges Australia to help free him from China

Aug. 29, 2019 8:16 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A Chinese Australian writer detained in Beijing on suspicion of espionage since January has urged Australia to maintain diplomatic pressure for his release. Yang Hengjun said in a statement released by a Sydney-based friend on Thursday that he was "extremely grateful" to Prime...

Australian spy charged with bugging leak denied legal aid

Aug. 29, 2019 2:30 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — A former Australian spy charged with conspiring to reveal classified information about an allegation that Australia bugged East Timor's government during negotiations over the sharing of billions of dollars in oil and gas had been denied legal aid and might not be able to...

2 whistleblowers appear in Australian court over leaks

Aug. 22, 2019 1:22 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Two whistleblowers appeared in a Canberra court on Thursday charged separately with leaking classified government information that alleges Australia bugged East Timor's Cabinet and potential war crimes committed by Australian troops in Afghanistan. Free speech demonstrators...

Media chiefs slam Australian press freedom curbs

Aug. 13, 2019 2:27 AM EDT

SYDNEY (AP) — Australia's tarnished reputation as a bastion of press freedom came under further attack on Tuesday, with media executives telling a parliamentary inquiry there are many laws that criminalize journalism in a country plagued by an air of official secrecy. The comments came at the start of an...

New Australian rules for police investigating leaks to media

Aug. 9, 2019 5:54 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government on Friday told police to consider the importance of a free and open press when investigating leaked documents after raids on journalists' offices and a home in June sparked outrage about suppression of free speech. Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton said...

Beijing rebukes Aussie lawmaker for warning of China threat

Aug. 8, 2019 5:43 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — China has rebuked an Australian government lawmaker for saying that it threatens to diminish Australia's sovereignty and freedoms. Conservative Liberal Party lawmaker Andrew Hastie drew parallels in a newspaper column published on Thursday between China and Nazi Germany. It has...

Australia proposes new laws to keep extremists in prison

Aug. 1, 2019 7:41 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — The Australian government introduced legislation to Parliament on Thursday that would give authorities more power to keep extremists behind bars after they have served prison sentences if they are still considered dangerous. The move is a response to a 2017 siege in which a...

Australia launches $55M anti-trafficking effort for ASEAN

Aug. 1, 2019 7:18 AM EDT

BANGKOK (AP) — Australia on Thursday launched a new 80 million Australian dollars ($55 million) program to help Southeast Asian nations combat human trafficking. Australian Foreign Minister Marise Payne said the 10-year program was an extension of Canberra's assistance to the region to tackle the menace in...

Australia approves treaty with East Timor over gas royalties

Jul. 30, 2019 3:43 AM EDT

CANBERRA, Australia (AP) — Australia's Parliament has approved the ratification of a maritime boundary treaty signed with East Timor 16 months ago and the government is now under pressure to return tens of millions of dollars in royalties from a seabed gas field that it concedes solely belongs to the poor...