Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull will be hoping controversy around his son will not distract from the upcoming summit of South-east Asian leaders.
James Massola is south-east Asia correspondent, based in Jakarta. He was previously chief political correspondent for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, based in Canberra. He has been a Walkley and Quills finalist on three occasions.
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