Daniel Flitton

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.

I'm a republican but 'lovely visit' from young royals is winning hearts and minds: Bill Shorten

Daniel Flitton Committed republican and Labor leader Bill Shorten has conceded the ‘‘lovely visit’’ of royal couple Kate and William, and their baby George, is winning Australian hearts and minds.

Russia's Crimea takeover may set back nuclear disarmament talks in Hiroshima

Daniel Flitton, Hiroshima, Japan Russia's military takeover in Crimea threatens to set back global talks on nuclear disarmament with fears North Korea and other atomic nations will decide never to follow Ukraine's example and...

Don't mention the whaling: Tony Abbott will tread carefully on his trip to Japan

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Daniel Flitton Don't expect to hear trumpets. Australia has won a stunning victory over Japan in the international court, with every reason to expect the deeply unpopular pseudo-scientific whale hunt is at an end.

Special envoy call as Australians join Syria fight

Islamic State of Iraq and Syria fighters marching at an undisclosed location.

Daniel Flitton Fears sectarian clashes have created an incubator for a new generation of terrorists.

Australia warned not to exclude Putin

Vladimir Putin.

Daniel Flitton China, India and Brazil have joined Russia to warn Australia not go it alone and exclude president Vladimir Putin from a summit of world leaders in Brisbane later this year.

Tony Abbott appears to stand as one with Julia Gillard on ties with Asia

Prime Minister Tony Abbott addressed the Asia Society function in Canberra on Tuesday 25 March 2014. Photo: Andrew Meares

Daniel Flitton Tony Abbott rarely misses a chance to distinguish his Coalition government from the ''chaos'' of the Labor years, but on Australia's ties with Asia at least, the Prime Minister appears as one with...

United Nations to throw spotlight on Nauru detention centres

Nauru's Topside offshore asylum seeker processing centre.

Daniel Flitton The United Nations intends to investigate any cases of arbitrary detention on Nauru, the tiny Pacific nation where Australia funds an immigration detention centre.

Scrapping Australia Network would do 'lasting harm' to Australia's reputation, says ABC boss Mark Scott

Mark Scott

Daniel Flitton A sudden blackout of Australia's news broadcasting service into Asia and the Pacific would be a ''tragedy'' and do lasting harm to the country's reputation, ABC chief Mark Scott has warned.

Australia rarely uses Interpol database of stolen passports

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David Wroe and Daniel Flitton Australian border officials accessed Interpol's database of stolen passports just 335 times last year out of more than 30 million international visits, prompting a frustrated response from the...

Russia's incursion into Ukraine: A good time for Australia to follow, not lead, international condemnation

Crimea remains calm despite Russian troop presence (Thumbnail)

Daniel Flitton The crisis in Ukraine poses an acute test for the Abbott government – to sit tight and do very little, writes Daniel Flitton.

Analysis

Way forward on offshore processing remains clouded despite millions spent

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Daniel Flitton The torrid dilemma has dogged the Pacific Solution from its earliest incarnation in the Howard years to Julia Gillard's eventual embracing of the policy.

A conundrum at the heart of the Pacific solution

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Daniel Flitton The torrid dilemma has dogged the Pacific solution from its earliest incarnation in the Howard years to Julia Gillard's eventual embrace of the policy.

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa slams Australian spying reports

Marty Natalegawa

Michael Bachelard and Daniel Flitton The latest spying revelations and Tony Abbott's response have once again irritated Indonesia, with Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa ridiculing comments by the Australian Prime Minister.

ABC boss Lynley Marshall defends overseas broadcasting

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Daniel Flitton The chief for the ABC broadcasting into the Asia Pacific insists the taxpayer funded network has a growing audience with better programs on the way - despite reports the service is for the chop in...

Australian ambassador Greg Moriarty carpeted in Jakarta over boats policy

David Wroe and Daniel Flitton Indonesia has stepped up its protests against the Abbott government's border protection policies, hauling Australia's ambassador to Jakarta into the foreign affairs ministry for a dressing down.

Indonesia calls in Australian ambassador Greg Moriarty to protest against 'unacceptable' escalation of boat policy

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa

David Wroe and Daniel Flitton Indonesia has stepped up its protests against the Abbott government's border protection policies, hauling Australia's ambassador to Jakarta into the foreign affairs ministry for a dressing down.

Vandals target Australia with graffiti on walls of East Timor embassy

Australia embassy in East Timor

Daniel Flitton Vandals have targeted the Australian embassy in East Timor, spray painting a blood-stained parody of the Australian coat of arms with a kangaroo and emu sucking a barrel of ''Timor oil''.

Alexander Downer ends role as Cyprus envoy to concentrate on South Australian election

Former foreign minister Alexander Downer

Daniel Flitton Former foreign minister Alexander Downer will concentrate on working on the South Australian election as Liberal party state president after ending his time as chief United Nations envoy to Cyprus.

COMMENT

Shorten takes the wrong road in search of a post-Rudd policy

Leader of the Opposition Bill Shorten.

Daniel Flitton Everyone should know the importance of first impressions, so frankly it seemed more than a little weird for Bill Shorten to choose Paris and London as the first foreign capitals to visit as...

Nauru charges $6000 for business visa

Nauru's Topside offshore asylum seeker processing centre.

Daniel Flitton Nauru has raised the cost of business visas from $400 to $6000 as the tiny Pacific island cashes in on an economic boom from hosting Australia's refugee processing centre.