Public Service Commissioner would not have endorsed Barilaro appointment had she known of ministerial interventions

Public Service Commissioner would not have endorsed Barilaro appointment had she known of ministerial interventions

The NSW Public Service Commissioner has told an inquiry she would never have signed off on former deputy premier John Barilaro’s appointment as New York trade commissioner had she known of the level of ministerial involvement. Key points: Ms Lo said she was not aware of the level of ministerial involvement   Mr Barilaro’s former chief of … Read more

John Barilaro never showed interest in lucrative US trade job, former staffer tells inquiry

John Barilaro never showed interest in lucrative US trade job, former staffer tells inquiry

The former chief of staff of John Barilaro has told an inquiry that her old boss had never expressed any personal interest in a lucrative $500,000-a-year New York-based trade role. Key points: Ms Hamblin said Mr Barilaro never showed interest in the roles Acting managing director of Investment NSW Kylie Bell also gave evidence today Mr Barilaro … Read more

Taiwan’s trade with China is far bigger than its trade with the U.S.

Taiwan’s trade with China is far bigger than its trade with the U.S.

Aerial photograph of shipping containers at the harbor in Keelung, Taiwan. Data show that Taiwan depends more on China for trade than it does on the U.S. Sam Yeh | Afp | Getty Images BEIJING — Data show that Taiwan depends more on China for trade than it does on the U.S., even if U.S. … Read more

Five ways China appears to be retaliating against Taiwan over Pelosi visit

Five ways China appears to be retaliating against Taiwan over Pelosi visit

China has expressed anger after House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) touched down in the island nation of Taiwan earlier this week. Pelosi made the trip despite warnings from the Biden administration and threats from Beijing that a visit to Taiwan, which China claims as its own, could fuel U.S.-China tensions.  Pelosi arrived in Taipei on … Read more

Europe’s looming coal crisis – POLITICO

Europe’s looming coal crisis – POLITICO

Press play to listen to this article Move over gas — there’s a new energy shortage in town. As Europe faces its worst energy crunch in decades amid the war in Ukraine, national capitals have been scrambling to shore up their gas reserves ahead of the winter. But another fuel could also soon be in … Read more