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Michael Bachelard

Michael Bachelard is Fairfax Media's Indonesia correspondent. A former political reporter and workplace relations writer, he was awarded a Jefferson Fellowship in journalism in 2005. He is the author of Behind The Exclusive Brethren.

Key Liberal fundraising body took Mafia money for access

Nick McKenzie, Richard Baker, Michael Bachelard, Sean Nicholls Mafia figures donated tens of thousands of dollars to the discredited NSW Liberal Party fundraising vehicle, the Millennium Forum, as part of an ultimately successful campaign to allow a known...

Q&A: Zaky Mallah had been in studio audience before

Zaky Mallah on Q&A.

Michael Bachelard, James Massola, Matthew Knott Former terror suspect Zaky Mallah says his explosive appearance on Q&A on Monday night was the fourth time he had attended the ABC studio for the program, and the third time producers had...

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Peter Greste says shutting down Zaky Mallah means shutting down debate

Journalist Peter Greste says he is worried about the government's growing inclination to shoot the messenger.

Michael Bachelard The furious government reaction to Zaky Mallah's appearance on Q&A on Monday night was Tony Abbott's attempt to shut down debate in a crucial area of policy, according to journalist Peter Greste.

Chan and Sukumaran execution 'illegal', but Indonesia ignores Australia again

Michael Bachelard  The execution of Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran was illegal under international law according to high-level advice provided to Julie Bishop.

Muslim community still waiting for Abbott government's anti-terror funds

Trade Minister Andrew Robb said Muslim community leaders needed to do more.

Michael Bachelard Delay and confusion over promised funding to combat radicalisation of young people has led to frustration in the Muslim community.

"Britain's white jihadi" actually a gifted Aussie school dropout called Jake now fighting for Islamic State

The young Australian alongside two other IS members.

Armando Cordoba and Michael Bachelard Islamic State recruits a young Aussie boy who converted to Islam.

Clive Palmer's adviser charged with attempted fraud

Palmer United Party leader Clive Palmer (left) with his PR man Andrew Crook.

Matthew Knott, Latika Bourke, Michael Bachelard Clive Palmer's chief media adviser has been charged with attempted fraud and attempting to pervert the course of justice after allegedly being involved in a "bizarre" plot to kidnap a National...

Joko Widodo's blunt warning to Prime Minister Tony Abbott

Indonesia's incoming president Joko Widodo.

John Garnaut, Michael Bachelard Indonesia's incoming president has promised a tough approach to issues of sovereignty and issued a blunt warning to Tony Abbott, stating it is unacceptable for the Australian navy to enter Indonesian...

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Who needs an invitation to Joko Widodo's inauguration? Tony Abbott and other world leaders invite themselves along

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James Massola, Michael Bachelard, Peter Hartcher Prime Minister Tony Abbott is off to the inauguration party of incoming Indonesian President Joko Widodo this Sunday but it appears that he – and other world leaders – have not actually...

Australia, Indonesia to sign deal on code of conduct by end of the month: Julie Bishop

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa (with his Australian counterpart Julie Bishop) has questioned the Abbott government's boat turn-back policy.

James Massola, Michael Bachelard Defence, intelligence and border security co-operation will resume with Indonesia when a joint understanding of a code of conduct between the nations is signed off, Foreign Minister Julie Bishop has...

Five sailors on 'burned hands' boat deny asylum seekers were harmed during tow-back

The hand of an asylum seeker who claims navy personnel deliberately held it to a hot exhaust fan.

Michael Bachelard Denials contradict statement of alleged victims who say navy personnel deliberately held three men's hands to a hot exhaust pipe.

Indonesia demands explanation from Australia over WikiLeaks-published court order

Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

Michael Bachelard The Australian government’s attempts to protect international relations by suppressing details of a sensitive court case in Victoria appeared to have backfired, prompting Indonesian President...

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Jakarta won't bite on asylum-seeker issue

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Michael Bachelard The Indonesian government is playing a dead bat to Prime Minister Tony Abbott's assertion that the people-smuggling issue is all but resolved, indicating President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono is serious...

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Tony Abbott declares boats issue with Indonesia resolved following meeting with Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono

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Michael Bachelard Tony Abbott has declared in the presence of the Indonesian President the end of the boats issue as a problem between the two countries, saying his hardline policy meant “it would not substantially...

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'White sentiment game' is out of step with geopolitics, says Indonesia

Prime Minister Tony Abbott

David Wroe, Michael Bachelard Prime Minister Tony Abbott says he is confident that a code of conduct between Australia and Indonesia can be finished within weeks, smoothing the path for relations to return to normal after last...

Tony Abbott will need to rebuild bridges in Indonesia, even if not with SBY

Australia's Prime Minister Tony Abbott (L) is welcomed by Indonesia's President Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono as he arrives for the ABAC Dialogue with Leaders at the Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) Summit in Nusa Dua, on the Indonesian resort island of Bali in this October 7, 2013 file photo. Abbott said on November 23, 2013 he had written a letter to Yudhoyono over a spying row that has knocked relations between the neighbours to their lowest point since the late 1990s.   REUTERS/Romeo Gacad/Pool/Files (INDONESIA - Tags: POLITICS)

Michael Bachelard Tony Abbott may be the political love child of John Howard, but does he really need to draw such strong parallels with his ideological predecessor?

Indonesian ambassador quietly returns to Canberra

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Michael Bachelard The Indonesian ambassador to Australia has quietly returned to Canberra in a signal that relations between the two countries are defrosting after last year's spying revelations.

Foreign affairs jobs cut, aid stripped

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David Wroe, Michael Bachelard The depth of budget cuts to foreign affairs and overseas aid has been underscored by the slashing of 500 bureaucrats jobs and warnings that Australia will slump in international rankings of aid...

Tony Abbott expresses 'regret' after pulling out of Bali meeting

Prime Minister Tony Abbott has defended the fund-raising of his Treasurer Joe Hockey.

Michael Bachelard Tony Abbott has moved to defuse a looming war of words with Indonesia by making a personal phone call to Indonesian president Susilo Bambang Yudhoyono to express “regret” at not accepting...

Tony Abbott's policy a failure as boats keep coming, says Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa

Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa

Michael Bachelard The turn-back of two groups of asylum seekers on Monday has put further strain on the Australia-Indonesia relationship after Indonesian Foreign Minister Marty Natalegawa launched another stinging...