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ICC.tv – Cricket Australia to live stream Australia’s international summer of cricket starting with India-Australia ODI, 21 Sept, , Great Barrier Reef Arena, Mackay

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 20 Sept 2021: The ICC has partnered with Cricket Australia to broadcast the upcoming Australian summer of cricket into emerging cricket markets including Europe and Southeast Asia, starting with the highly anticipated rematch between India and Australia, finalists in last year’s ICC T20 Women’s World Cup.

ICC.tv, the streaming platform launched by the International Cricket Council (ICC) in July, will live stream the multi-format series against India from September 21 – October 10, followed by the entire 2021-22 international calendar in Australia, comprising the men’s and women’s Ashes, as well as men’s white-ball tours by New Zealand and Sri Lanka.

Both the India series and the women’s Ashes will be free for all users to stream to celebrate the new partnership, while the men’s content will be available on a pay-per-view basis.

All content will be available in countries such as Hong Kong, Singapore, Malaysia, Japan, China, Germany, Netherlands, and others.

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Commenting on the partnership, ICC Head of Digital Finn Bradshaw said:

“Through this unique partnership with Cricket Australia we will bring competitive and quality cricket from Australia to cricket starved markets of Southeast Asia and Europe, including other global markets that do not currently have a broadcast partner. This is in line with our commitment to grow cricket’s consumption and make it accessible to the world.”

Nikki Linney, Cricket Australia’s Head of Media Rights, said:

“We’re incredibly excited to work with the ICC to continue to grow cricket, and bring our distinctive Aussie flavour of cricket to more fans around the world. There will be some excited Australian and English expats living or even holidaying this year in these countries who’ll now be able to easily access a massive home Ashes summer. We know that in countries like Germany, Hong Kong and Japan there is already a significant cricket fanbase and we are hoping to see this in neighbouring countries too.”

Click HERE for the upcoming women’s international fixture, and HERE for the upcoming men’s fixture.

Full list of current countries that can watch the Australian women’s and men’s teams on ICC.tv:

Southeast Asia

Brunei, Cambodia, China, East Timor, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Japan, Laos, Macao, Malaysia, Micronesia, Mongolia, Myanmar, New Caledonia, Philippines, Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, Vietnam.

Europe

Albania, Armenia, Austria, Azerbaijan, Belarus, Belgium, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Denmark, Estonia, Finland, France, Georgia, Germany, Gibraltar, Greece, Greenland, Hungary, Iceland, Israel, Italy, Kazakhstan, Kosovo, Latvia, Liechtenstein, Lithuania, Luxembourg, Macedonia, Malta, Monaco, Montenegro, Netherlands, Poland, Romania, Russia, San Merino, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, Ukraine.

Source- News sourced from Cricket Australia.

Australia-India ‘Cyber & Critical Technology ‘ cooperation with new grants

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Marise Payne & Dr.S.Jaishankar at the Australia-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi. Photo- @MarisePayne

By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 13 Sept 2021: Australia and India are poised to take their Australia-India Cyber and Critical Technology Partnership (AICCTP) program to the next second level with new grants for institutions of both countries. The decision is the outcome of the recently held Australia-India 2+2 Ministerial Dialogue in New Delhi.

Australia and India’s cooperation on critical technologies is also viewed as a step forward at diversifying or reducing dependence on related Supply Chains now concentrated to a large extent in China.

This cooperation between the two countries is reflective of Australia’s Cyber and Critical Technologies engagement program. Critical Technologies deal with cyberspace, Artificial Intelligence, the Internet of Things (IoT), quantum computing, and synthetic biology, says the Executive Summary of the strategy website.

” The Strategy identifies three main pillars – Values, Security and Prosperity – to guide Australia’s international cyber and critical technology engagement:
Values – We will always pursue a values-based approach to cyberspace and critical technology, and oppose efforts to use technologies to undermine these values.
Security – We will always support international peace and stability, and secure, trusted, and resilient technology.
Prosperity – We will always advocate for cyberspace and technology to foster sustainable economic growth and development to enhance prosperity.”

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Source- internationalcybertech.gov.au

A media release from Marise Payne, Minister for Foreign Affairs & Minister for Women says, ” The dialogue reflected on progress towards supporting Australia and India’s shared vision of an open, inclusive and resilient rules-based Indo-Pacific region, as supported by the three grants awarded in Round 1.

This second round seeks proposals that focus on strengthening understanding of ethical frameworks, developing best practice and encouraging development of technical standards on critical technologies, including quantum computing and artificial intelligence.

Australia and India’s cooperation on cyber continues to make significant progress and builds upon the Australia-India Framework Arrangement on Cyber and Cyber‑Enabled Critical Technology Cooperation, signed in June 2020.”

Under the Arrangement, Australia and India held the first Joint Working Group on Cyber Security Cooperation on 10 June 2021 and a senior officials’ Cyber Dialogue on 6 July 2021.

Available funding according to the Australian High Commission, New Delhi website is:

For any single grant proposal, the minimum is $150,000 per year and the maximum amount is $600,000 per year. Multiyear grants will be considered up to a maximum of $250,000 per year for up to three years from 2021-22 to 2023‑24. Grant funding for activities in 2022-23 will be contingent on funding becoming available to DFAT under the AICCTP.

In total, we anticipate that a total of up to $1.8 million in funding would be available for single-year and multi-year grant proposals awarded in grant round 2.

Prospective grantees cannot use funding from other Commonwealth, state, territory or local government sources to fund your share of eligible expenditure. DFAT reserves the right to offer less funding than that requested by the applicant.

The last date to submit applications is – 17:00hrs AEDT (11:30hrs IST) on Monday 18 October 2021.

Details of the AICCTP grant program, eligibility requirements and how to apply are available on Australia’s High Commission in India website and the GrantConnect website.

Projects funded in the first round of the AICCTP program in April 2021:

The Centre for International Security Studies at the University of Sydney and the Observer Research Foundation, to develop ethical frameworks and best practices for emerging quantum technologies;

La Trobe University, in partnership with the Indian Institutes of Technology in Kanpur and Gandhinagar, to operationalise ethical frameworks in the critical technology supply chains of global companies; and

The School of Computer Science at the University of Sydney, in partnership with the Indian Institute of Technology Madras, Reliance Jio, and the University of New South Wales, to address privacy and security challenges in next-generation telecommunications networks.

Payne and Dutton to visit across four Indo-Pacific countries, including India

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By Neeraj Nanda

MELBOURNE, 8 September 2021: Australia’s Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator Marise Payne, and Minister for Defence, Peter Dutton MP, will visit ‘close friends and strategic partners’ in Jakarta, New Delhi, Seoul, Washington, and New York soon. This will be the first visit of high-level Ministers from Australia in the Indo-Pacific region after the US-led Western forces quitting and the Taliban coming to power in Afghanistan.

The proposed 2+2 talks in News Delhi will also be a follow up to the recent visit to India by former Australian PM Tony Abbott, who also met the Indian PM, Narendra Modi.

A combined-media release says: “Minister Payne said that among the most pressing issues for discussion was cooperation on our region’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensuring the recovery takes place in a way that reflects our values and principles.

“During our meetings and engagements across the four countries, we will discuss our continuing partnerships to overcome the pandemic, including through the equitable, safe and effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, and our shared path to global economic recovery,” Minister Payne said.

Minister Dutton said the visits are an important opportunity to build on already strong defence relationships, particularly with the United States on the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS alliance.

“I am very much looking forward to meeting with my counterparts face-to-face to build on our already strong relationships and to discuss further our shared interests in keeping our region safe and secure,” Minister Dutton said.

Minister Payne said that among the most pressing issues for discussion was cooperation on our region’s recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, and ensuring the recovery takes place in a way that reflects our values and principles.

“During our meetings and engagements across the four countries, we will discuss our continuing partnerships to overcome the pandemic, including through the equitable, safe and effective distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, and our shared path to global economic recovery,” Minister Payne said.

Minister Dutton said the visits are an important opportunity to build on already strong defence relationships, particularly with the United States on the 70th anniversary of the ANZUS alliance.

“I am very much looking forward to meeting with my counterparts face-to-face to build on our already strong relationships and to discuss further our shared interests in keeping our region safe and secure,” Minister Dutton said.

In New Delhi, the Ministers will attend 2+2 talks with External Affairs Minister Jaishankar and Defence Minister Rajnath Singh.

“These inaugural 2+2 discussions are a cornerstone of the Australia-India Comprehensive Strategic Partnership, which is founded on a shared commitment to a secure, stable and prosperous Indo-Pacific region,” Minister Payne said.

“The relationship between Australia and India is at a historic high, as our nations work together to promote positive regional cooperation. The Ministers will discuss issues including economic security, cyber, climate, critical technology and supply chains, ” the media release says.

Prospects of FTA with India ‘positive’: Tony Abbott at AIBC Annual Address 2021

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By SAT News Desk

MELBOURNE, 17 August 2021: Australia’s former Prime Minister Mr. Tony Abbott has said the prospects of a Free Trade Agreement (FTA) between Australia and India “was positive’. Mr. Abbott gave his views on this long-standing pending issue between the two countries, delivering the Keynote Address at the ‘Australia India Address 2021 – Celebrating 75 Years of Indian Independence’ Annual Address 2021 today.

Mr. Abbott was in India recently as PM Scott Morrison’s Special Trade Representative to India where he met political and business leaders, including PM Modi and Trade Minister Piyush Goyal.

A question about the FTA by SAT was not put to Mr. Tony Abbott and hence not answered.

There have been speculations as to what was achieved (read FTA with India) during Mr. Abbott’s India visit at the cost of the Australian taxpayers. In his address, Mr. Abbott says, he thinks we can “absolutely do business with India” and as for both the countries it is the “best times for trade talks to a conclusion as soon as possible.”

Detailing Australia-India imports and exports, Mr. Abbott, called India’s 150 % tariff on Australian Wines ‘unreasonable’.

In his speech to the Webinar, HE Mr. Manpreet Vohra, India’s High Commissioner in Canberra, while commending improved relations between India and Australia, talked about trade being ‘below expectations’, which needed to be enhanced into different sectors.

“Trade between the two countries only needs to be diversified,” he said.

NSW Labor MP Jody Mackay, pleaded with Australia to bring back Indian international students to Australia.

Deloitte Australia’s Indian Services Group Leader, Harsh Shah said, ” Australia has had a mixed history with India. Doing business with India is not easy. It is a very complex country for good reasons. But we have to do our homework, we have to address this market, going with eyes wide open, without a focus on the diaspora, without Asia and India centric thinking … we will really miss out
the true opportunity it represents.

The comprehensive strategic partnership and the comprehensive economic cooperation agreement of the FTA are very welcome steps. India is moving fast. It is not going to wait for Australia. The ball is in our court, and we need to act now. This is a defining moment.”

Others who participated in the event included Moderator Jim Varghese, Sheba Nandkelyar, Ambassador Mr. Anil Wadhwa, and Mr. Julian Leeser MP.

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Source- AIBC, YouTube.

Malcolm Turnbull rebuff’s Tony Abbott’s view that ” …the answer to every question about China is India”

By Neeraj Nanda

Melbourne, 10 August 2021: Former Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today rebuffed former Prime Minister Tony Abbott’s views in ‘The Australian’ (India the Sensible substitute for belligerent Beijing), just before his recent India visit as Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s Special Trade envoy to India. Mr. Abbott had in the article says, ” But the answer to almost every question about China is India”. He further said, “…India is perfectly placed to substitute China in global supply chains.”

Mr. Turnbull disputed Mr. Abbott’s assertions about India on a question during a webinar today ” The Challenge of China” organized by the La Trobe Asia’s Ideas and Society program. The other speaker was former Australian PM, Kevin Rudd.

Mr. Turnbull said, ” Kevin started free-trade negotiations, I continued with them. India has got a very deep protectionist culture. Then they were no ready to sign RCEP (Regional Comprehensive Economic Partnership Agreement) which was a very low ambition trade deal… I think we must be realistic. Different countries, different economies. We should be aiming to having much deeper and stronger relations with India. And every Prime Minister should and will do that. The Idea that you can delete China and insert India doesn’t work.”

Source- La Trobe University

Deliberating on the subject, Mr. Turnbull said, “India has a long tradition of non-alignment and it does not want to be an American ally against China. Both countries are big and China has been successful … in terms of economic growth. These are hugely complex issues… But we should not be doing telling India… this is to line you up against China. And, that plays absolutely into the paranoia that America is getting everyone to contain it.

So, we have to move gently avoiding extravagant claims, and just get closer… These claims are not helpful.”

Source- La Trobe University.