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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby SSridhar » 20 Dec 2014 09:14

Australia wants a ‘quadrilateral dialogue’ - Suhasini Haider, The Hindu
Australia had formally requested for a “quadrilateral dialogue” with the intent of joining the “India-U.S.-Japan” trilateral talks as part of the “Asia dialogue” that has been going on all week, sources say. The country wanted to join the Indo-U.S. ‘Malabar’ naval exercises annually, along with Japan.

The request was reportedly made during Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s visit in November and the issue may raise “tripwires over the China factor,” according to some officials.


According to sources, U.S. and Indian officials are also discussing the announcement of one or two projects under the Defence Trade and Technological Initiative (DTTI), which they hope to pitch as a part of the government’s “Make in India” initiative.

While officials would not confirm which projects will be picked, they pointed to aircraft components and helicopter parts jointly produced by U.S. companies such as Lockheed Martin and Sikorsky and the Tatas as the way forward.

An earlier U.S. proposal to produce the Javelin anti-tank missiles in India had failed as India chose the Israeli “Spike” missiles instead. However, U.S. interlocutors have pointed to the proposal as an example of how America is now offering India “exclusive” deals they have not offered other countries.

“We want to move beyond a buyer-seller relationship, towards one of co-development and co-production, where both our nations will benefit,” said Assistant Secretary, Bureau of Political-Military Affairs, Puneet Talwar, who visited Delhi earlier this month to take the negotiations forward.

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 08 Feb 2015 17:52

News regarding Australia's submarine fleet:
http://www.wsj.com/articles/australian- ... 1423392741

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby svenkat » 11 Mar 2015 21:39

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Indian-techie-murder-in-Sydney-She-saw-attacker-approach-her-begged-for-mercy/articleshow/46514624.cms
This tragic murder of a techie from bengaluru seems to have been missed in BRF.

May be GOI should issue a travel advisory to Indians in Australia who have gone there for watching cricket matches.

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby Mukesh.Kumar » 29 Mar 2015 16:58

X-Post from Nations and Empires that Grew on Genocide and Slavery
Mukesh.Kumar wrote:The Land Down Under and the Aborigines:
10 Dark Secrets Australia Doesn’t Want You To Know

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby pankajs » 04 Apr 2015 15:26

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 804555.cms
Anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters clash around Australia
MELBOURNE: Thousands of anti-Islam and anti-racism protesters have clashed in rallies around Australia.

The most violent was in Melbourne, Australia's second-largest city, where police struggled on Saturday to separate opposing demonstrators.

Ambulance Victoria spokesman Paul Bentley says the Victoria state ambulance service treated four people, three for minor injuries, from assaults in Melbourne. The fourth was treated for chest pains.

Victoria Police spokeswoman Belinda Batty says police arrested two men and a woman in the fracas in Melbourne's downtown Federation Square.

Reclaim Australia, a community group, organized rallies in 16 cities and towns around Australia against Islamic extremism, the " Islamization" of Australian society, Islamic Sharia law and the Halal-certification of most meats sold in Australia.

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby CRamS » 04 Apr 2015 17:51

Wow, as a %ge what is the Muslim population of Aus? In India, the standard cliche when RSS or any Hindu complains of soul harvesting is that Christians constitute only 2.5% or whatever, and yet the "fascist" RSS is complaining. Hidden under that propaganda of course, are the plans to change demography, and sheer #of conversions in recent years. So this anti-Islam crap in Australia, is it based on genuine fears, or Aussie paranoia?

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 13 Apr 2015 20:10

http://gulfnews.com/news/asia/india/aus ... -1.1491298
New Delhi: Australian Foreign Minister Julie Bishop on Monday said her country wants to be the “partner of choice for India’s energy security” and, with both countries sharing “similar views” on China’s territorial ambitions and on unimpeded maritime rights, they could work together to push the Code of Conduct in the South China Sea.

Bishop, who is in New Delhi to hold talks with External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj on Tuesday, said Australia wants to be “a useful partner for India as it emerges on the world stage”.

She said Canberra has been a reliable partner for China’s economic growth and it wants to be “a close friend and strategic and economic partner for India, and be a partner of choice in India’s energy security”.

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 26 May 2015 20:45

"Australia to strip citizenship for terror links: PM"
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/worl ... 426984.cms
SYDNEY: Australia today announced it will amend the law to strip dual nationals linked to terrorism of their citizenship for "betraying the country", but insisted no one would be left stateless.

Prime minister Tony Abbott said the new powers would apply to dual nationals who fight with or support jihadists such as Islamic State group or so-called lone wolves who pose a threat on home soil.

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Postby A_Gupta » 26 May 2015 20:53

Australia, New Zealand, IMO, are also crucial for managing China.

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Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd plans to expand footprint in India
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/busi ... 422783.cms

ICC Cricket World Cup 2015

SYDNEY: The Australia and New Zealand Banking Group Ltd (ANZ) will open their third branch in Bangalore in early 2016, a senior official of the bank said on Monday, as it makes a renewed push to penetrate the tough Indian banking segment.

"We will start our second branch in Gurgaon in the next few months and by early 2016 we will have the third branch near Bangalore," Subhas DeGamia, executive director, International and Institutional Banking, told a group of visiting reporters from India.

He said India was an important part of the group's strategy to increase supremacy in the regional markets. DeGamia said the branch in Bangalore would have a rural focus and referred to the group's interest in spreading financial literacy. DeGamia, who has served in India, lauded the massive financial inclusion programme of the Narendra Modi administration and said it was keen to take part in pushing financial literacy.

The group already has enormous expertise of running financial literacy programmes and has already undertaken a pilot project with the Tata Institute.

This is the second foray for ANZ in the Indian market. The group had left the Indian market some years ago but returned to grab a slice of the pie after getting a licence from the Reserve Bank of India in 2010.

DeGamia said there was renewed interest among India and Australian companies to engage, which should augur well for the renewed push to increase economic ties between the two countries.

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 26 May 2015 21:04

Australian solar company Pollinate Energy brings light to slums of India
http://www.abc.net.au/news/2015-05-26/s ... ia/6495912
The lights are popular — the company has sold more than 7,000, and is expanding to two more Indian cities. And that is partly because they double as a phone charger.

"We discovered that the customers would pay double what they would pay for a solar light for a solar-powered phone charger," Ms Kimmorley said.

"So it is just testament to the fact that it is not just what we think would improve peoples' lives but also what keeping up with the Joneses means in an urban slum. It's having a mobile phone and being able to charge that mobile phone," she said.

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 29 May 2015 20:00

"Adani's Carmichael project faces aboriginal challenge - See more at: http://www.domain-b.com/companies/compa ... FS5dW.dpuf

Adani Group's Carmichael coal project in Australia is facing fresh trouble. A group of indigenous aboriginal landowners in Australia's Queensland state today announced a fresh federal court challenge to the Indian mining giant's $16.5-billion coal mine-cum-rail road project.

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Postby A_Gupta » 29 May 2015 20:22

"Trade ties: Australia willing to ease up on work visas"
http://www.thehindubusinessline.com/eco ... 259432.ece
Canberra, May 28:

Eager to wrap up the ongoing free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with India by December this year, Australia is ready to offer a special package on work visas and seek lower commitments in the dairy sector.

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Postby A_Gupta » 05 Jun 2015 20:09

"Australia lines up investments worth $10 billion for India"
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/busi ... 557589.cms
KOLKATA: Australia has lined up investments worth $10 billion for India as it is looking for greater co-operation with the country.

"Investments worth $10 billion is in the pipeline in varied sectors, including resources and manufacturing," Australian high commissioner to India Patrick Suckling said at an interactive session with MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry.

"India likely to sign CECA with Australia this year"
http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/233522989
Australian High Commissioner Patrick Suckling on Friday said the proposed Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) with India may be concluded by the end of 2015 which would help boost trade between the two countries.

"The prime ministers (of India and Australia) have agreed that we should finish it off this year," he told media persons on the sidelines of an event organised by MCC Chamber of Commerce and Industry here.

He said the present bilateral trade volume with India is nearly Australian $15 billion (Rs. 735.01 billion) while with China, it is to the tune of Australian $160 billion (Rs.7,840.15 billion).

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 15 Jun 2015 16:26

"India, Australia to hold joint naval drill this year"
http://www.freepressjournal.in/india-au ... this-year/
New Delhi : India and Australia will undertake their first joint naval exercise later this year even as the two, along with Japan, look at the possibility of a trilateral exercise, a move that will likely rile China.

India, Japan and Australia have decided to deepen their ties in all sectors, especially in the field of maritime security, defence sources said.

The trio had held their first-ever high-level trilateral dialogue last week which was attended by Foreign Secretary Jaishankar, Japanese vice-foreign minister Akitaka Saiki and the Australian secretary of the Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, Peter Varghese.

While they discussed a range of issues, maritime security, including freedom of navigation in the South China Sea and trilateral maritime cooperation in the Indian Ocean and Pacific Ocean, topped the agenda.

“The three countries have agreed to deepen their defence ties with each other. Discussion on a possible trilateral naval exercise was held but no decision has been taken”, sources said.

They added that India and Australia will undertake their first joint naval exercise later this year.

The naval exercise with Australia is likely to be held side-by-side with a similar Indian exercise with Japan scheduled later in September-October, the sources said.

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 15 Jun 2015 16:35

"India’s growing demand drives NSW’s coal export "
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/busines ... 7397563960
The bulk carriers were lining up as far away as Gosford yesterday waiting to get a berth at New­castle’s giant port almost 100km to the north.

Raising hopes among downbeaten miners, coal exports from NSW are up on the last financial year, pointing to a new era for the sector that hopes to feed India’s rising appetite for energy.

While prices have come off sharply from slowing demand from China, coal remains NSW’s number one export commodity. Exports for 2014-15 jumped nearly 5 per cent to 133 million tonnes, from 127 million tonnes in the previous financial year.

Exports to India have more than doubled from 3.2 million tonnes to 7.7 million tonnes over the nine months to March, according to figures released by Coal Services.

“Exports of NSW coal to Korea are up 8 per cent, while exports to Taiwan have risen by 21 per cent and across the rest of Asia outside of Japan and China, exports have more than doubled to 15.6 million tonnes over the last nine months,” NSW Minerals Council chief executive Stephen Galilee said.

The figures would be of little comfort to the 5000 coal industry employees of the state who lost their jobs over the past two years, but bode well for the long-term future of the sector, he said.

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 15 Jun 2015 16:57

"Australia tells Indonesia to fix its borders"
http://zeenews.india.com/news/world/aus ... 13635.html
Sydney: Australia on Monday, June 15, told Indonesia to better secure its borders in a stinging rebuke after Jakarta demanded answers to allegations Canberra paid to turn back a boat of asylum-seekers.

The response from Foreign Minister Julie Bishop came after the Indonesian foreign ministry on Saturday, June 13, said if the claims were true, it would be "a new low for the way that the Australian government is handling this issue", while asking for an explanation.

Claims that the captain and 5 crew of a boat, carrying migrants from Bangladesh, Myanmar and Sri Lanka, were each paid US$5,000 by an Australian immigration official to turn back to Indonesia were made to Indonesian police on Rote island in the country's east last week.

Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott has refused to deny the allegations, with the opposition Labor Party writing to the auditor-general requesting an urgent investigation.

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Postby A_Gupta » 23 Jun 2015 18:30

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/nri/ ... 785888.cms
SYDNEY: A new not-for-profit club, Australian Punjabi Media Club (APM Club), has been recently inaugurated in Sydney. The decision to float the organization was taken at a joint meeting attended by local reporters of Indian Punjabi newspapers, local Punjabi publication publishers, editors, writers and Punjabi radio presenters.


Need to keep an eye for Pakjabis and Khalistanis.

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 05 Jul 2015 08:35

"Chhota Rajan still in Australia, face-off with D-Company possible"
http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/indi ... 942857.cms
NEW DELHI: In a twist to the ongoing unrest in the underworld, intelligence sources on Saturday informed that Chhota Rajan was very much in Australia and a face-off between him and Dawood aide Chhota Shakeel has not been averted yet.

The information, which comes in the wake of reports that Rajan had gone underground after his cover was given away by his aides, has led agencies to track the developments in Australia more closely. "He has merely moved away from Newcastle and shifted to an unidentified place in Australia. Shakeel is also aware of this fact and has not called his men back ," an officer told TOI.

READ ALSO: Dawood was in talks to return to India, says Chhota Shakeel

Incidentally, in his conversation with TOI on Friday, Shakeel had "re-invited" Rajan for a face-off and claimed that his men were still there in Australia. Rajan, however, sources said, wants to lie low as of now and avoid confrontation as he is not in good health. Also, it is not impossible that Rajan may be trying to re-group and hit back- though the possibility is quite low given his health and ability to arrange for logistics in Australia.

When asked why D-Company was so adamant on taking Rajan down now, intelligence sources said this would be a symbolic victory for the Company which has, sort of, been having an identity crisis of late. The Company, however, terms the efforts as the fallout of an old enmity and denies any trigger.

Since April, Dawodd Ibrahim and Chhota Shaqeel have been giving shape to their "final plan" to eliminate their long-time rival, Chhota Rajan. They had even pin-pointed his location in Australia, where he was least suspected to be.

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 12 Jul 2015 21:36

http://www.thestatesman.com/news/busine ... 75254.html
Australia eyes India as 'new China'
Those Australians who are worried over the slowing Chinese economy may have some reasons to smile as Canberra is already working desperately to stitch up a Free Trade Agreement with the world's second-most populous country - India.

If everything goes according to the Australians' plan, there is every reason to believe that India would become one of the largest trading partners of Australia. She has the potential to become what is being called in some circles as Australia's "new China" - the largest trading partner at this stage.

The Australian eagerness to open such a vast market as India to its service and manufacturing sectors is reflected through the statements made by its federal ministers.

"We are working through the night ... putting pressure on them (India) to help us to get to the point where we can have a similar, very positive agreement," Treasurer Joe Hockey told a conference held in Canberra recently. Joe Hockey's statement came after the China-Australia Free Trade Agreement (ChAFTA) was signed mid-June.

Canberra intends to finalise a similar FTA with New Delhi by the end of this year.

A number of commentators are writing on how Australian and Indian geopolitical and economic interests are converging and how they can harness the synergies to the benefit of both the parties. If the signals being emitted from South Bock are being interpreted correctly, India is also showing some enthusiasm to conclude the negotiations for the Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement (CECA) this year.

While the Liberal think tank could have 2016 elections in their sight, the Narendra Modi-led Indian government seems to be on an overdrive to propel what is often lauded as a tiger economy into accelerated growth.

Even though the Indo-Australian FTA negotiations commenced some seven years ago, it's the leadership of Narendra Modi and Tony Abbott which has added, as if, rocket fuel to the process. The clearly noticeable acceleration came after the Australian PM visited New Delhi and his Indian counterpart came Down Under in November last year.

Read more at http://www.thestatesman.com/news/busine ... poim4bj.99

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Postby Prem » 13 Jul 2015 23:55

Migrants from India settled in Australia 4,000 years ago before Captain Cook's arrival (and they took their dingos with them)

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/ ... z3fnh0AYTp
(Another stealing by Brit from Indians)

Australia was settled by a wave of immigrants from India little more than 4,000 years ago, a genetic study shows.The finding overturns the view that the continent was isolated from the time it was first colonised about 45,000-50,000 years ago until Europeans discovered Australia in the eighteenth century.DNA evidence suggests that rather than complete most of the journey over several generations by foot, the Indian migrants came over by boat.But DNA evidence has now revealed a second wave of human settlement took place about 4,230 years ago, long before the first European settled there.Australia was first seen by a European in 1606 when it was sighted from a ship and a further 53 vessels arrived before Captain James Cook arrived in 1770 to claim it for Britain.Analysis of DNA samples from Aboriginal people living in the Northern Territories of Australia today shows that they have up to 11 per cent of their genetic heritage is IndianThe new settlers came from India and the lack of their DNA in other parts of Asia suggests they sailed directly across the Indian Ocean rather than work their way towards Australia by foot.ntriguingly, their arrival corresponds to evidence in the archaeological record that shows dingos reached Australia about the same time, suggesting they may have been transported by boat by the human settlers.
Dr Irina Pugach, of the Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology in Leipzig, Germany, said the international research team calculated that the Indian DNA reached the Aboriginal population 141 generations ago.Assuming that each generation is separated on average by 30 years the geneticists were able to conclude that the Indian population arrived on in Australia 4230 years ago.‘Interestingly this date also coincides with many changes in the archaeological record of Australia, which include a sudden change in plant processing and stone tool technologies, with microliths appearing for the first time, and the first appearance of the dingo in the fossil record,’ she said.‘Since we detect inflow of genes from India into Australia at around the same time, it is likely that these changes were related to this migration.’

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby Karan Dixit » 14 Jul 2015 07:25

^ When I visited the above link, it attempted to install a malware on my computer. I would take that link down. It does not seem to be kosher.

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby pankajs » 16 Jul 2015 21:36

http://www.financialexpress.com/article ... ry/102335/
Armed man takes one person hostage in Australian city of Bunbury

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Postby A_Gupta » 10 Aug 2015 16:45

http://www.newkerala.com/news/2015/fullnews-101442.html
India's Global Wind Power Limited has teamed up with Australia-based Heliostat to create hundreds of new jobs in South Australia, a media report said on Monday.

A new entity, Heliostat South Australia, has been created to develop solar products, ABC News reported, adding that a memorandum of understanding has been signed to this effect.

The project would expand over four years, meaning an initial 150 local jobs could grow to as many as 1,000 jobs, Heliostat executive chairman Darrin Spinks was quoted as saying.

Most of the labour work will be carried out in India, but managers and engineers will operate from Adelaide, he added.

"You have to remember India itself has a Make-in-India policy and that's really about making sure that they have jobs for India," Spinks said.

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Postby A_Gupta » 11 Aug 2015 19:56

http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/new ... 441374.cms
India proposes to organise 'Make in India' conference in Australia
MELBOURNE: Amid "complex" bilateral negotiations for a free trade deal, India has proposed to hold a major 'Make in India' conference in Australia in November this year to tap the huge bilateral trade potential.

The plans for the conference were discussed during a trade and investment meeting held between Indian High Commissioner Navdeep Suri and Australian trade minister Andrew Robb yesterday.

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Postby A_Gupta » 11 Aug 2015 20:06

Since the Pacific thread is locked, posting here:
"India-Pacific Island nations summit in Jaipur on Aug 21"
http://www.bignewsnetwork.com/index.php/sid/235666133

Part of PM Modi's "Act East"!

India is to host the second edition of the Forum for India-Pacific Islands Cooperation (FIPIC) in Jaipur on August 21, with all 14 countries of the region participating -- nine months after Prime Minister Narendra Modi on a visit to Fiji proposed holding of the second summit in India.

Of the 14 nations, three would be represented by their respective presidents, one by its vice president, seven island nations are sending their prime ministers, one its deputy prime minister and two are sending a senior minister to the meeting, sources told IANS.

India provides grant-in-aid of $200,000 to each country every year, an official source told IANS.

"The amount is enough for them, as they are not big countries."

The meet will see India announce steps in which the countries lack expertise -- cooperation in coconut and coir and solar energy, among other initiatives, the sources added.

India's links with the Pacific Island nations, separated from India by 4,000 miles and two oceans, have been limited, compared to China's expanding presence in the islands, situated to the east of Australia.

India does not have consulates on the islands, but is "covering them from five different countries -- New Zealand, Japan, Philippines, Fiji and Papua New Guinea", the sources added.

India's first interactions with the Pacific Islands began in the 19th century when Indian indentured workers were brought to Fiji to work in the sugarcane plantations.

Modi, during his visit on November 19 last year, was the second Indian prime minister to visit Fiji in 33 years - after Indira Gandhi.

India's increasing engagement with the 14 Pacific Islands underlines their growing geo-strategic importance as the countries lie at the centre of a key maritime route rich in resources.

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Adani’s mine project: India conveys disappointment to Australia

http://www.niticentral.com/2015/08/11/a ... 28681.html
Melbourne, Aug 11 (PTI) India has conveyed its disappointment to Australia over the derailing of mining giant Adani's controversial 16.5 billion dollar project in Queensland on issues relating to environment.

Indian High Commissioner Navdeep Suri today said the matter was discussed with Australian Trade Minister Andrew Robb during a trade and investment meeting held recently.

"We did speak about the Adani Carmichael project in Queensland and I shared our disappointment over recent developments," Suri told PTI.

Stating that Australian Prime Minister Tony Abbott was also in favour of the Indian mining giant's Australian project, Suri said, "we hope that the outstanding issues can be resolved speedily and to mutual satisfaction."

On a query if the Adani's project issue could dent bilateral relations, Suri stressed the relationship with Australia was not dependent on a single issue.

"I should emphasize that it is not a single-issue relationship. Over the years, the ties with Australia have become truly multi-faceted," Suri said.

However, he said the success of a major Indian investment like the Carmichael project could "potentially serve as a strong catalyst for other investors and that the Australian side was fully aware of this".

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Postby A_Gupta » 20 Aug 2015 16:20

http://www.dnaindia.com/sport/report-au ... on-2116445
n a move set to further strengthen education ties with India, the Australian government on Thursday appointed former cricketer Adam Gilchrist as nation's inaugural ambassador to the region on education.

The announcment was made by the Minister for Education and Training Christopher Pyne prior to attending the Annual Ministerial Dialogue and third Australia-India Education Council meeting in New Delhi on August 24.
"I am delighted to announce Adam Gilchrist as the first Australia-India Education Ambassador," Pyne said.

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Postby A_Gupta » 21 Aug 2015 08:04

Australia could be reliable supplier of uranium: Anil Kakodkar, ex-chairman, Atomic Energy Commission of India

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby Philip » 23 Aug 2015 15:04

The world's most willing mercenary state,OZ,is warming up to have ago at another international "demon",this time ISIS. The US wants India to do the same,why naval and air exercises with Western nations in recent years have been taking place with increased regularity. WW1 and WW2,where millions of Indians,then under the colonial yoke, fought for "King and country",saving the backsides of the British Raj,is the "great brown hope" for the future as the white western nations are exhausted by their warmongering over the last two decades.They also want someone else to pay for the privilege!

With the Pakis shocking the world with their "footsores",reluctant to help even the Soothis,their chief patron, who in the world will join the cause and fight ISIS? Oz is always a-willing and a-waiting to go anywhere in the world and kick ass.After all a nation whose founding fathers were convicts have it in their DNA in strong measure to brawl on demand! Tony Abbot no doubt will want a generous handout over and under the table form "Uncle-O" to take part in waging war against the insidious ISIS.Perhaps one should quote Oscar Wilde here,his views on foxhunting ring true here too.
."The unspeakable in pursuit of the uneatable"!

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-ne ... r-us-talks
Tony Abbott to spend at least a week weighing up Isis Syria campaign
Australia could put off its decision on expanding military operations until a September meeting with Barack Obama, or it could decide within a week

http://www.theguardian.com/australia-ne ... r-us-talks
Minister for foreign affairs Julie Bishop said the government wants to be sure it has a credible basis for expanding its military operations. Photograph: Stefan Postles/Getty Images

Australian Associated Press
Sunday 23 August 2015
The Abbott government will spend at least a week considering whether Australia should join the fight against Islamic State in Syria.

Labor cautious over Australia joining air operation against Isis in Syria

But the prime minister, Tony Abbott, has said that while the legalities of helping with air strikes over Syria were different to Iraq, where the government invited Australia to fight, the moralities were exactly the same.

“The terrorists don’t respect the border, so why should we?” he said to reporters in the Kimberley region of Western Australia on Sunday.

The foreign affairs minister, Julie Bishop, said that while the US had formally asked Australia to expand its operations in the Middle East to include air strikes on Syria, the government wanted to be sure there was a credible legal basis for such an action.

She indicated a final decision may not be made until late September, after Abbott meets with the US president, Barack Obama and the crucial federal byelection in the WA seat of Canning.

However, Abbott said his government would be carefully considering the US request “in the next week or so” and announce its decision after appropriate consultations.

Bishop said the situation was complicated by the non-recognition of the Assad regime in Syria but the US believes that because the border region is effectively “ungoverned space”, it has the legal authority necessary to bomb Islamic State extremists there.

The US has asked Australia to support air strikes and carry out intelligence surveillance, reconnaissance and air refuelling in Syria’s border areas.


While there has been bipartisanship on tackling terrorism, some cracks are beginning to appear.

Bishop took aim at Labor’s deputy leader, Tanya Plibersek, on the issue on Sunday. She said the government had opposition leader Bill Shorten’s full support but his deputy always seemed to take another stance.

“She says that she supports the Labor position, the Coalition position, but then she always moves a little bit to the left and has a slap at Bill Shorten on the way through,” Bishop told ABC television.

Opposition frontbencher Brendan O’Connor said Labor had sought to work with the government on national security at all times.

“We would like to get a full briefing before making our decision [on Syria],” O’Connor told Sky News.

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Postby A_Gupta » 29 Aug 2015 07:05

India, Australia Ready For Maiden Joint Naval Drills

http://inserbia.info/today/2015/08/indi ... al-drills/

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Postby A_Gupta » 29 Aug 2015 07:35

"Jammu and Kashmir man's flight to ISIS via Australia
There has been a huge attraction towards ISIS in Australia with several people joining the group, India shared information about an Indian youth from Jammu and Kashmir who was based in Australia and joined ISIS."
http://indiatoday.intoday.in/story/jamm ... 61530.html

Indians living abroad and joining terror group ISIS or Islamic State was part of New Delhi's agenda for the joint working group with Australia on combating terror held in the Capital on Thursday. Considering that there has been a huge attraction towards ISIS in Australia with several people joining the group, India shared information about an Indian youth from Jammu and Kashmir who was based in Australia and joined ISIS.

The note on the joint working group states that Adil Fayaz Wada left for Turkey via Jordan on June 21, 2013 on an Indian passport. It is suspected that he got in touch with certain radical groups during his stay in Australia and after completing his MBA from Queensland, Australia he stayed with his uncle in Sydney. The note says that he joined an NGO, 'Australian Street Dawa,' a social media campaign to promote Islam in Australia.

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http://blogs.economictimes.indiatimes.c ... -students/
"India-Australia education ties: Recognition of VET by India is a big step for Indian students"
Significantly, of the total number of Indian students who enrolled in Australian institutions between January and June 2015, a sizeable percentage joined vocational education & training courses. In fact, 20,189 Indian students chose to join VET courses. Most sought-after subjects for VET among Indian students in Australia were management and commerce; food, hospitality and personal services; engineering and related technologies; information technology and health. “About half the cohort of Indian students in Australia join vocational courses. The Australian VET system is very strong and is designed to address workplacespecific skills requirement of different industries. There is a strong connect between the Australia’s VET and Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s vision of building a skilled workforce in India,” minister Pyne said. He added that the number of Indian students in Australia was growing and was now second only to China. “We welcome Indian students to Australia and feel that international students are the best ambassadors for our country. Besides providing a channel for soft diplomacy, Indian students also add to the multicultural mix in our classrooms,” he said.

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby SSridhar » 01 Sep 2015 08:34

‘India is a key partner in Indo-Pacific region’ - Kevin Andrews, Australian Defence Minister, The Hindu
Building on the personal relationship of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, and Prime Minister Tony Abbott, I am pleased to visit India between 1-3 September, for the first time as Australia’s Defence Minister.

India is the emerging democratic superpower of Asia. It is, therefore, sensible that the relationship between India and Australia be developed and strengthened.

India and Australia have a long history of shared security interests, both within and beyond the Indo-Pacific region. This illustrates the potential for further growing and deepening our relations.

India and Australia share a history. Our servicemen have served and fought alongside each other in a variety of conflicts. In the First World War, Indian and Australian servicemen fought together on the beaches of Gallipoli, in the deserts of Mesopotamia and West Asia, and in the fields of France. In the Second World War, our armed forces served alongside each other in the Mediterranean, West Asian, North African, and Pacific theatres, most notably during the siege of Tobruk, and the Burma campaign to defend India from falling to Japan.

Shared history, shared values

This shared history, coupled with our shared democratic values and a strong interest in a secure Indo-Pacific region, provides us with a firm foundation upon which we can confidently pursue future engagement activities in support of our joint interests. Our economic relationship is also strong — and there is currently work under way between our respective governments to further grow it over time. Indian investment in Australia was AU$10.9 billion in 2014, and Australian investment in India was AU$9.8 billion. And our annual trade is worth nearly AU$16 billion — but as we know, trade relies on open trade routes.

To strengthen bilateral trade and investment, our Prime Ministers agreed to conclude a Comprehensive Economic Cooperation Agreement by the end of the year. Australia and India are natural economic partners and a mutually beneficial, high quality agreement will help unlock the potential of the already strong Australia-India relationship.

We both border the Indian Ocean and have a shared interest in the maintenance of freedom of navigation and trade. In fact, the world economy is fast becoming reliant upon Indian Ocean trade as its bulk cargo grows. Australia recognises India’s critical role in supporting the security, stability and prosperity of the Indian Ocean region and the stability of a wider, rules-based global order. This is why Australia views India as a key strategic partner — and there is scope for us to cooperate further on broader global issues. This intention was formally recognised during Prime Minister Modi’s November 2014 visit to Australia, where he and Prime Minister Abbott formalised a Framework for Security Cooperation, which will include work to facilitate greater defence interaction over time.

As two prominent Indian Ocean states, India and Australia are cooperating closely in the region. Building cooperation helps to provide for a more secure maritime environment. By 2030, the Indo-Pacific region is expected to account for 21 of the top 25 sea and air trade routes; around two-thirds of global oil shipments; and one third of the world’s bulk cargo movements. So improving security will be crucial to protecting our prosperity. In this setting, it is not surprising that, being Indian Ocean states, defence engagement between Australia and India focuses on joint naval cooperation.

The ships of our navies regularly engage in port visits — and short-term passage exercises — to further our relationship. HMAS Newcastle visited India in April this year to mark the centenary of ANZAC celebrations and to conduct a passage exercise. Perhaps most significantly, our navies will conduct our first Bilateral Maritime Exercise — Exercise AUSINDEX — later this month. The exercise will take place in the Indian Navy’s Eastern Fleet exercise area off the coast of Visakhapatnam. This Exercise marks a new and important stage in the development of our defence relationship. I am keen to see greater opportunities for our forces to work together on exercises. But the potential for greater cooperation between our defence organisations is not confined to the naval sphere.

We are also slowly seeking to build our bilateral Air Force relationship based on our use of common platforms such as the Hawk, C-17, C-130 and P8 maritime patrol aircraft. At Army Staff Talks last year, both sides agreed in principle to explore opportunities for future exercises. People-to-people links through personnel and training exchanges have proved vital to building familiarity between our defence forces. While the distance between both nations is great, I hope we can identify appropriate opportunities in the near future.

Global economic centre

Australia is a country with many great strengths. Like India, we live within a region that will continue to undergo tremendous change, and we must adapt.

Economic growth is transforming the Indo-Pacific region, which is becoming the global strategic and economic centre of gravity. Reports predict that by 2050, half of the world’s top 20 economies will be in the Indo-Pacific. Some also predict that India, China, Indonesia and Japan will be in the top five economies in the world with the U.S. India’s own economic growth will be a key driver of energy demand.

The shift of strategic weight to the Indo-Pacific is driving economic, energy and trade interdependence across the region, as states’ economic wellbeing and prosperity increasingly depend on free and open trade. Greater interdependence between states is encouraging, as it reduces the likelihood of destabilising actions or conflicts. But interdependence will not remove these risks altogether.

As major and emerging powers seek to advance their own interests, they will cooperate in some areas, but compete in other. Tensions in the Indo-Pacific persist, and in some cases, are becoming more acute. Territorial disputes continue to risk regional stability and create uncertainty. Australia has a legitimate interest in the maintenance of peace and stability, respect for international law, unimpeded trade and freedom of navigation and overflight, especially in the South China Sea.

The imperative to use peaceful means to resolve regional disputes is particularly salient in light of regional military modernisation. Across the Indo-Pacific, states are modernising their forces in line with their growing economic prosperity. In the decades ahead, many regional states will grow more powerful militarily as they acquire more capable and technologically advanced platforms.

Military modernisation is a natural part of any state’s development. In fact, it can be seen as a largely positive development, as modernising states are more able to manage security challenges they face. It also represents a great opportunity for Australia to work with more capable partners, as we are with India, in support of shared interests in regional security and stability.

Yet, accelerating military modernisation also has the potential to increase strategic competition as states seek military advantages over their neighbours. Australia continues to encourage all countries to be open about their defence policies and transparent in their long-term strategic intentions to build trust and minimise the potential for miscalculation.

With the increasingly uncertain strategic outlook as its context, the Australian Government will shortly release a new Defence White Paper. The White Paper will present a clear, long-term plan for Australia’s defence over the next two decades, one that aligns strategy, capability and resources. The White Paper will set out the Government’s direction that defence is to play a more active role in supporting regional security and Australia’s interests in a more rules-based global order. But if we want to live in a more rules-based global order, we need to invest in the power-based component of that order.

Australia recognises that it cannot achieve its defence objectives alone. In the words of Prime Minister Abbott, “This is the time to turn the warm friendship between Australia and India, the long history that Australia and India have together, into something that will be meaningful, more meaningful for us and significant for the wider world.” This is our challenge and it is our task.

(Kevin Andrews is Australia’s Defence Minister.)

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Postby Suraj » 04 Sep 2015 10:43

Australia’s Brutal Treatment of Migrants
Prime Minister Tony Abbott has overseen a ruthlessly effective effort to stop boats packed with migrants, many of them refugees, from reaching Australia’s shores. His policies have been inhumane, of dubious legality and strikingly at odds with the country’s tradition of welcoming people fleeing persecution and war.

Since 2013, Australia has deployed its navy to turn back boats with migrants, including asylum seekers, before they could get close to its shores. Military personnel force vessels carrying people from Iraq, Afghanistan, Sudan, Eritrea and other conflict-roiled nations toward Indonesia, where most of the journeys begin. A boat captain recently reported that Australian authorities paid him $30,000 to turn back. If true, that account, which the Australian government has not disputed, would represent a violation of international laws designed to prevent human smuggling and protect asylum seekers.

Those who have not been turned back are held at detention centers run by private contractors on nearby islands, including the tiny nation of Nauru. A report this week by an Australian Senate committee portrayed the Nauru center as a purgatory where children are sexually abused, guards give detainees marijuana in exchange for sex and some asylum seekers are so desperate that they stitch their lips shut in an act of protest. Instead of stopping the abuses, the Australian government has sought to hide them from the world.

The Border Force Act, which took effect July 1, makes it a crime punishable by a two-year prison sentence for employees at detention camps to discuss the conditions there publicly. Australia and Nauru, which depends heavily on Australian foreign aid, have gone to great lengths to keep international journalists from gaining access to the detention center, in which more than 2,200 people have been held since 2012. Last year, Nauru raised the fee it charges for journalists’ visas from $200 to roughly $8,000; applicants who are turned down are not given refunds.

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby srin » 04 Sep 2015 11:11

Last weekend, I binge-watched this documentary series on racism in Australian immigration. Well worth a watch - gives very good understanding of racial underpinnings there and puts recent events in perspective.

First episode link here:

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby A_Gupta » 06 Sep 2015 07:49

The Kevin Andrews interview above says it, so just the headline.
http://thediplomat.com/2015/09/australi ... -minister/
"Australia Wants to Join India, US and Japan in Naval Exercises: Defense Minister"

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby Tuvaluan » 08 Sep 2015 19:11

http://www.outlookindia.com/news/article/australian-committee-puts-tough-condition-on-uranium-sale-to-india/912101

Australia should not sell uranium to India until it sets up an independent nuclear regulator, separate its civil and military nuclear facilities and allow safety inspections, a multi-party committee recommended today.


This is already part of the 123 agrements with France and Russia, so Australia is not adding any new conditons, as the article headline claims.
The Treaties Committee tabled a report in parliament into the uranium deal with India, carefully favouring it but with few recommendations including that India should be encouraged to become a party to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).


Seems like non-binding recommendations -- the Oz govt. wants to look like it is getting tough for local political consumption.

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Postby A_Gupta » 08 Sep 2015 19:39

More on this:
http://www.theguardian.com/australia-ne ... pite-risks
“From Australia’s perspective, selling uranium to India would double the size of an export industry, both in terms of income and employment opportunities,” the report said. “Moreover, it will do so in regional and remote Australia at a time when lower commodity prices are having an economic impact on these regions.”

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby disha » 09 Sep 2015 02:58

Tuvaluan wrote:http://www.outlookindia.com/news/article/australian-committee-puts-tough-condition-on-uranium-sale-to-india/912101

Australia should not sell uranium to India until it sets up an independent nuclear regulator, separate its civil and military nuclear facilities and allow safety inspections, a multi-party committee recommended today.


This is already part of the 123 agrements with France and Russia, so Australia is not adding any new conditons, as the article headline claims.
The Treaties Committee tabled a report in parliament into the uranium deal with India, carefully favouring it but with few recommendations including that India should be encouraged to become a party to the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty (CTBT).


Seems like non-binding recommendations -- the Oz govt. wants to look like it is getting tough for local political consumption.


Coming from Oz., that is just racist BS. Anyway., Oz should be just told to get off the train the moment they pipsqueak about CTBT. India has other sources of Uranium now and Oz should come with a begging bowl in hand and on its knees to sell Uranium to India.

In fact they should gift Uranium to India for at least next 50 years.

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Re: India-Australia News and Discussion

Postby member_22733 » 09 Sep 2015 03:05

disha wrote: India has other sources of Uranium now and Oz should come with a begging bowl in hand and on its knees to sell Uranium to India.

In fact they should gift Uranium to India for at least next 50 years.


I dont know if the gora Bakis are ready to beg yet. But if and when they do, we as a sole remaining power of pagan people should ensure that proper restitution for the Uranium being mined is payed to the original inhabitants of Australia and not to the invading Goras. i.e. purchase of Uranium should be conditional on the improvement of the conditions of our long lost "Aboriginal" cousins.


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