Author: James Royce

AUSTRALIA: A DRY SPELL FOR AUSTRALIAN TRAVELERS?

JAMES ROYCE WRITES — Indonesia has long been the premier year-round vacation destination for millions of traveling Australians, especially among those looking to escape high-alcohol prices and expensive party lifestyles in their native home country. From Sydney Airport, a flight from from Sydney Airport to Ngurah Rai International Airport in Denpasar, Indonesia, can be as cheap as $334 round-trip and lasts just shy of seven hours — convenient enough for any Aussie who wishes to sit back on a Kuta or Seminyak beach so they can sip on a cheap cocktail or go on an affordable Bintang binge while...

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AUSTRALIA: CHINESE MEDIA TARGETS AUSTRALIA OVER SOUTH CHINA SEA

JAMES ROYCE WRITES — Chinese state-run media has recently gone out of its way to label Australia as “an ideal target for China to warn and strike,” if it ventures into the continually-contested South China Sea. The Global Times, known for its hardline nationalist stance, blasted Canberra early last month in an editorial slamming its Southern neighbor’s support for the July ruling by an international arbitration tribunal at The Hague. The decision specifically invalidated China’s historical claims to much of the South China Sea, ruling instead in favor of the Philippines when it came to the question of ownership...

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AUSTRALIA: Welcome Back Malcolm, Now Get To Work.

JAMES ROYCE WRITES — After one of the longest election campaigns in national history, fittingly concluded with a week-long results-counting cliff hanger, Australia is welcoming back Malcolm Turnbull as its 29th prime minister. Despite running both a widely criticized and altogether lackluster campaign, Turnbull and his Coalition successfully scraped back into Canberra by snatching 74 of the 76 seats needed for a majority government. “This is a great day today,” the PM said. “It’s a great day to thank the Australian people for the decision they have taken in this election and to commit to them anew our absolutely...

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AUSTRALIA: WOE IS OUR WEB SPEED

JAMES ROYCE WRITES —You’d think Australia — a rich, resourceful, forward-thinking country surrounded by Asian neighbors — would have broadband speeds comparable to or better than most. Sadly you’d think wrong. It wasn’t quite enough of an issue to push the ruling coalition out of power in Australia’s recent federal elections, but opposition groups did their darndest to blame the sluggish web speeds on Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull and company. And the accusations against the Coalition seem to have merit. In September 2013, the month the Coalition took office under former PM Tony Abbott, reports showed that Australia’s peak...

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AUSTRALIA: Friendly Reminder From Aussie Media to US – Elections are ‘Not a Game Show’

JAMES ROYCE WRITES — Unless you have spent the last couple months under a rock, you’ve been keeping up with, or at least have heard about, the wild presidential election currently going on within the United States. And although Australia’s capital of Canberra is located more than 16,000 kilometers away from Washington, Aussie media can’t get enough of it. Currently an ultra-conservative, a self-proclaimed socialist, a product of the political machine and more have been facing off one-on-one in a battle for the White House. But there is one candidate in particular who has grabbed the attention not only...

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Trump needs to get smart as North Korea keeps up ‘missile diplomacy’

Tom Plate says US policy on North Korea must stem from astute first-hand intelligence, lacking thus far, starting with recognising the country and setting up an embassy read more...


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