University students from across Sydney took to the city’s streets denouncing the Liberal government’s funding cuts and deregulation of the university system. Changes announced in the Australian budget would likely see an increase in university fees and interest rates disadvantaging students in particular those from lower socio-economic backgrounds. Despite hints from the education minister Christopher Pyne that possible negotiations would be considered, the National Union of Students organised a National Day of Action featuring #BustTheBudget protests in capital cities around Australia.
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Chinese president Xi Jinping is set to arrive in Australia later this year for the G20 summit in Brisbane where the China-Australia trade relationship will definitely be a hot agenda.
Let's hope Clive Palmer keeps his mouth shut or chooses whether he wants to be a mining magnate or an Australian politican before then
The Chinese embassy has responded by making a statement calling Clive Palmer's comments as "absurd", "irresponsible" and based on "prejudice". Australian foreign minister Julie Bishop also commented that it was not appropriate for Mr Palmer to use national television to broadcast his dispute with another company.
Despite an attempted explanation by Clive Palmer on his Twitter insisting that his comments were not directed at the Chinese people rather only the Chinese government, many in the community remain outraged at his remarks.
Mining magnate and leader of the Palmer United Party, Clive Palmer has been widely criticised for his comments on last night's Q and A program in which he labelled the Chinese as "bastards" and "mongrels". In another damaging blow to China-Australia relations, Senator Jacqui Lambie also from Palmer United Party stated that Australia should prepare for a coming 'threat of a Chinese Communist invasion'. Clive Palmer responding to questions regarding his legal dispute with a Chinese company over allegations that he misappropriated funds for his election campaign also claimed that the Chinese government "shoot their own people".
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