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#AIIA17 in the News

Published 23 Oct 2017

The 2017 AIIA National Conference on Monday 16 October attracted strong media attention and further public discussion of Australian foreign policy.

The day opened with then AIIA National President Kim Beazley speaking on ABC Radio’s flagship AM program and by mid morning the conference social media hashtag, #AIIA17, was trending at #1 in Australia.

Contributions by the Minister for Foreign Affairs Julie Bishop and Shadow Minister for Foreign Affairs Penny Wong were featured by The Australian, The Australian Financial Review, The Guardian, Xinhua,, SBS, 7News and Sky News among others.

Media coverage centred on Australia’s response to new threats from North Korea, the approach towards Chinese students studying in Australia and the independence of Australia’s foreign policy.

Reports included:

Govt, Labor offer competing views of the world  

Respect academic freedom, Julie Bishop tells Chinese students Financial Review
Australian Financial Review

“Just bluster”: Kim Beazley says North Korea’s threats aren’t new
ABC Radio, AM 

Beijing’s man says Canberra ‘suspicious’ of Chinese students
The Australian

Australia unsure how ‘assertive’ China will act, Penny Wong says
The Guardian

Senior Aussie opposition member calls for greater engagement with China

Julie Bishop says she expects international students and visitors to embrace Australian values while in the country
SBS News