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Fergus Hunter is an education and communications reporter for The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age.

Growing fears for Chinese-Australian writer who has disappeared in China

Growing fears for Chinese-Australian writer who has disappeared in China

A prominent Chinese-Australian writer appears to have disappeared in China, with growing fears from friends and family that he may have been detained by Chinese authorities.

  • by Nick McKenzie & Fergus Hunter

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'Disarray': Abu Bakar Bashir's release unclear as Widodo orders review

'Disarray': Abu Bakar Bashir's release unclear as Widodo orders review

Indonesia's government is reviewing the President's decision to release the Bali bombing mastermind, the top security minister said on Monday.

  • by James Massola, Fergus Hunter & Karuni Rompies
Gareth Evans joins other Australians in global push over China's jailing of Canadians

Gareth Evans joins other Australians in global push over China's jailing of Canadians

In an open letter to Xi Jinping, 140 academics and former diplomats warn China's actions will damage the country's relations with the rest of the world.

  • by Fergus Hunter
Endeavour replica to circumnavigate Australia for Cook anniversary

Endeavour replica to circumnavigate Australia for Cook anniversary

The government has announced $6.7 million for a 39-stop circumnavigation of Australia in 2020 by a replica of James Cook's Endeavour.

  • by Fergus Hunter
Labor threatens cap on teaching degree numbers to address low ATAR entry scores
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Labor threatens cap on teaching degree numbers to address low ATAR entry scores

Tanya Plibersek has warned universities to introduce higher standards and train up only the "best and brightest" as the teachers of tomorrow.

  • by Fergus Hunter
Well-connected Trump pick the new US ambassador to Australia

Well-connected Trump pick the new US ambassador to Australia

Arthur B. Culvahouse jnr, a veteran Republican insider, will now make his way to Canberra.

  • by Fergus Hunter
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Bridget McKenzie won't seek to replace Andrew Broad in Mallee

Bridget McKenzie won't seek to replace Andrew Broad in Mallee

But the Nationals deputy leader could seek to shift to the lower house via the seat of Indi, currently held by independent Cathy McGowan.

  • by Fergus Hunter
Immediate cut to 'outrageous' power bills from January 1 after political pressure

Immediate cut to 'outrageous' power bills from January 1 after political pressure

AGL, Origin and Energy Australia and other retailers are reducing their standing offers for longtime customers.

  • by Fergus Hunter
89-year-old Bob Hawke increasingly frail but not 'on his last legs' yet

89-year-old Bob Hawke increasingly frail but not 'on his last legs' yet

People close to the much-loved former prime minister say people should be realistic about his prospects.

  • by Fergus Hunter
Dutton wants IS terrorist Prakash to serve lengthy jail time in Turkey

Dutton wants IS terrorist Prakash to serve lengthy jail time in Turkey

Peter Dutton said he had taken the step because Prakash has betrayed his allegiance to Australia.

  • by Fergus Hunter
After years of tortured negotiations, TPP comes into force at midnight

After years of tortured negotiations, TPP comes into force at midnight

The member nations of the the TPP-11 have a combined GDP of $13.7 trillion and the agreement will eliminate 98 per cent of tariffs in the new trade zone. 

  • by Fergus Hunter