Australia flags democracies' trade swing from China to India
Australian special envoy and former Prime Minister Tony Abbott said a free trade agreement between his nation and India would signal the “democratic world’s tilt away from China.” Abbott visited New Delhi last week as Australia’s special trade envoy for India as the Australian government gives priority to sealing a bilateral trade deal. In an opinion piece likely to anger Beijing that that was published in The Australian newspaper on Monday, Abbott said the “answer to almost every question about China is India.”news.yahoo.com
UK urged to drop ex-Australia PM Abbott from trade envoy job
LONDON Prominent equality and environmental activists, including Lord of the Rings star Ian McKellen, have urged the British government to drop plans to make former Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott a U.K. trade adviser. Prime Minister Boris Johnsons government faced growing criticism Friday over reports it will appoint Abbott, who led a conservative Australian government between 2013 and 2015, to the U.K.s Board of Trade. Opponents cite Abbott's opposition to same-sex marriage, persistent allegations of sexism and statements downplaying the impact of climate change. In power, his government repealed a carbon tax paid by polluting Australian industries. Abbott has been in London in recent days and said he has spoken to the government about a roleThe U.K. is seeking to boost trade with countries around the world in the wake of its departure from the European Union.
Australian PM says Flight 370 search will now focus on ocean floor
Australian PM says Flight 370 search will now focus on ocean floor Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott said on Monday that the chance of finding floating debris from a missing Malaysia Airlines jetliner has become highly unlikely. He said that a new phase of the search will focus on a far larger area of the Indian Ocean floor.cbsnews.com