More questions than answers in Australia's newest defence agreement

By Hamish McDonald
Updated December 2 2020 - 10:04am, first published November 30 2020 - 1:00pm

It was one of those flies in the diplomatic ointment. Officials had worked for six years to bring a new strategic hybrid to life - a military alliance between Japan and Australia - but an awkward question remained. What if an Australian Defence Force member committed a crime in Japan earning the death penalty?