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Daniel Flitton

Daniel Flitton is senior correspondent for The Age covering foreign affairs and politics. He is a former intelligence analyst for the Australian government and was at one-time a university lecturer specialising in international relations.

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop opens asylum seeker talks with Iran

Daniel Flitton Iran has agreed to send officials to Australia for talks that Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop hopes will lead to a deal for sending back Iranian asylum seekers deemed not to be...

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop to discuss involvement in defeating Islamic State while in Iran

Foreign Affairs minister Julie Bishop wearing a black head scarf and hat arrives at the Espinas hotel in Tehran , Iran in the early hours of Saturday 19 April 2015. Photo: Andrew Meares

Daniel Flitton Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has set a new tone for Australia's ties with Iran, breaking with years of sour suspicions over Tehran's nuclear program to emphasise "common purpose" in defeating...

Foreign Minister Julie Bishop enters Iran in hat and headscarf

Foreign Affairs minister Julie Bishop wearing a black head scarf and hat arrives in Tehran, Iran, in the early hours of Saturday.

Daniel Flitton Julie Bishop elected to don a headscarf arriving in Tehran early Saturday morning - a covering the local morality police force on all Iranian women.

Julie Bishop to lobby to return failed asylum seekers to Iran

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop will discuss unwanted Iranian asylum seekers when she visits Iran.

Daniel Flitton The fate of hundreds of Iranians held in Australian immigration detention who have failed in their refugee claims will be a the key focus of talks next week when Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop...

Australia urged to change official names for Macedonia, Burma

Mathwe Leckie of Australia and Stefan Ristovski of FYR Macedonia go up for a header during the International Friendly in Skopje on Tuesday.

Daniel Flitton Every child is taught the "sticks and stones" defence to name-calling, yet it is clear countries feel real hurt from what they chose to call one another.

Australia urged to allow refugees to appeal ASIO ruling

The Abbott government has brushed aside a scathing ruling from the UN on Australia's practice of detaining refugees indefinitely on the basis of secret ASIO assessments.

Daniel Flitton Australia has been urged to comply with a United Nations ruling and allow more than 30 refugees to challenge secret ASIO assessments used to justify their indefinite detention.

Tony Abbott's hate-love-hate relationship with the UN

Prime Minister Tony Abbott returns to Canberra after flying in from attending the United Nations in New York on Sunday 28 September 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Daniel Flitton Tony Abbott promised "more Jakarta, less Geneva" as his foreign policy slogan, but ironically, this week, the two far distant capitals and diplomatic traditions he meant for them to represent came...

Tony Abbott gives 'two-fingered salute' to UN censure over refugee detention

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Daniel Flitton A scathing United Nations ruling against Australia's "cruel and degrading" practice of locking up refugees indefinitely on the basis of secret ASIO assessments has been brushed aside by Tony Abbott's...

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Lawmakers, politicians struggle to achieve balance in anti-terrorism laws

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Daniel Flitton Australia's politicians and lawmakers may agree on the size of our terrorist threat, but there is a spectrum of opinion on how far we need to go with anti-terrorist legislation.

Loyalty of migrants to Australia no simple test

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Daniel Flitton More than just spies, cops and terrorist threats, it would be a mistake to ignore the deeper philosophical debate that infuses Tony Abbott’s pronouncements on national security.

Most national security hotline calls pranksters or worried citizens

Calls to the National Security Hotline topped more than 1000 during the Sydney siege.

Daniel Flitton Calls to the National Security Hotline spiked during the Sydney siege to more than 1000, the highest ever number ever received on a single day.

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Bali nine: Indonesia puts friendship in the firing line

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Daniel Flitton Tony Abbott has bluntly reminded Indonesia that Australia is more than a mere neighbour, but a friend.

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Racism 'just rolls off the tongue': The gaping gap for indigenous Australians in Melbourne

April Shahi with son Noah visiting paediatrician Dr Niroshini Kennedy at the Aboriginal Health service.

Daniel Flitton Thorne Smith has an escape plan - a suitcase packed and a cab-charge from Child Protection Service ready to rush his two girls to a cousins' house.

Julie Bishop hears 'compelling' case for Australian forces to stay in Afghanistan beyond 2016

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop at KAIA base in Kabul. Ms Bishop met Afghan President Ashraf Ghani at the weekend.

Daniel Flitton Australia will decide on its future military presence in Afghanistan, beyond a planned withdrawal in 2016, after negotiations later this year with Western allies.

Don't call me Sir: Angus Houston made a knight of the Order of Australia

Daniel Flitton Angus Houston has a very simple attitude to leadership. "I never yell, I never scream, I never get emotional."

Australians prefer to stay neutral in any China-Japan conflict

An Australian-built Collins-class submarine.

Daniel Flitton In a new poll, conducted ahead of massive government spending on defence and a potential war over disputed territory in the East China Sea, Australians overwhelming say they don't want to pick sides.

Victorian Labor candidates look to 2016 elections with optimism

Preselection: Labor's administrative committee will meet in January to map out a process for choosing candidates.

Daniel Flitton and Royce Millar Strong opinion polling and Daniel Andrews' defeat of a one-term Coalition government have given federal Labor MPs from Victoria fresh hope of a return to power in Canberra in 2016.

PM damned if he does or does not

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Daniel Flitton The attack plots are ever present, wicked imaginings uncovered by security agencies, most so fanciful and unrealisable to be almost comic.

'Immoral' aid cuts see Australia hit a record low for generosity to world's poor

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Daniel Flitton Australia has transformed into the global Scrooge just in time for Christmas, with spending on foreign aid set to plunge compared to other wealthy industrial countries.

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George Brandis backs down on review of ASIO assessments of refugees deemed security risks

Backing down: Attorney-General George Brandis says Margaret Stone has performed a

Daniel Flitton Attorney-General George Brandis has relented on his opposition to an independent review of more than 30 refugees held in indefinite detention after ASIO deemed them a threat to Australian security.