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  • Australian official: Ties with Indonesia still strategic

    Steven Ciobo, parliamentary secretary to the Minister for Trade and Investment and Minister for Foreign Affairs of Australia, discusses the relationship with Indonesia after the execution of two Australian drug convicts.

  • Rate cut is the only option for RBA: Expert   Monday, 4 May 2015 | 9:32 PM ET
    Rate cut is the only option for RBA: Expert

    Amid a weak domestic economy, the Reserve Bank of Australia has to "do its job" by cutting interest rates, says David Bassanese, chief economist of BetaShares Capital.

  • A RBA rate cut will pave the way for this   Monday, 4 May 2015 | 6:19 PM ET
    A RBA rate cut will pave the way for this

    A rate cut by the Reserve Bank of Australia will serve as a prelude to growth forecast downgrades in Friday's quarterly statement, says Ben Jarman, senior economist at JP Morgan.

  • Should markets worry about Westpac's bad debts?   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 10:32 PM ET
    Should markets worry about Westpac's bad debts?

    TS Lim, financials analyst at Bell Potter, says a fall in bad debt charges raises questions about the quality of Westpac's earnings.

  • Why a RBA rate cut is the 'sensible thing to do'   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 10:14 PM ET
    Why a RBA rate cut is the 'sensible thing to do'

    The Reserve Bank of Australia will likely cut rates this week amid economic headwinds and the Aussie dollar could see more volatility, says Tony Nash, vice president at Delta Economics.

  • Commodities are entering a 'sweet spot': ANZ   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 7:44 PM ET
    Commodities are entering a 'sweet spot': ANZ

    Daniel Hynes, commodity strategist at ANZ Research, attributes a rise in investor appetite for commodities to factors like a weaker U.S. dollar and easing moves from China.

  • Westpac shares could fall after earnings miss: Pro

    With Australia's major banks priced for perfection, Westpac's minor miss on expectations will see its shares come under pressure, says David Ellis, head of Australian Banking Research at Morningstar Australasia.

  • RBA: Will they or won't they? Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 6:59 PM ET
    Glenn Stevens, governor of the Reserve Bank of Australia

    The RBA's decision may come down to the wire at its policy meeting Tuesday, as economists eye a rate cut despite concerns over a strong currency and home prices.

  • RBA will cut rates, but is it the best move?   Sunday, 3 May 2015 | 6:44 PM ET
    RBA will cut rates, but is it the best move?

    Kumar Palghat, director at Kapstream, expects the Reserve Bank of Australia to cut rates at Tuesday's policy meeting even though easing measures are having a mixed impact on the economy.

  • Indonesian Fin Min: 'Bali Nine' backlash is 'unfair'

    With capital punishments also in place in Singapore and Malaysia, it is unfair for Indonesia to be criticized for the execution of drug convicts, says Bambang Brodjonegoro, finance minister of Indonesia.

  • Spread the spirit of charity on Pay it Forward Day   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 10:56 PM ET
    Spread the spirit of charity on Pay it Forward Day

    April 30 is the National Pay it Forward day and CNBC speaks to Chris Ridd, managing director at Xero Australia, about kind deeds that the company is involved in.

  • Will 'Bali Nine' executions spark trade sanctions?   Wednesday, 29 Apr 2015 | 12:06 AM ET
    Will 'Bali Nine' executions spark trade sanctions?

    Taimur Baig, chief economist, Asia at Deutsche Bank, expects "cool heads to prevail" when it comes to economic and trading ties between Indonesia with both Brazil and Australia.

  • Indonesia executes drug convicts, sparks anger Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 | 7:26 PM ET
    Supporters of Australians on death row in Indonesia Andrew Chan and Myuran Sukumaran participate in a candlelight vigil at Martin Place in Sydney on April 28, 2015.

    An Indonesian firing squad executed eight drug convicts, prompting Australia to recall its envoy and drawing an angry reaction from Brazil.

  • Indonesia must abide by its own law: Amnesty   Monday, 27 Apr 2015 | 9:45 PM ET
    Indonesia must abide by its own law: Amnesty

    Diana Sayed, crisis campaigner at Amnesty International, says Indonesia must give "rule of law and due process" to the group of drug-crime convicts on death row.

  • Coral reef vanishing act threatens coasts Saturday, 25 Apr 2015 | 9:00 AM ET
    St. Martin, an island the Caribbean where as much as 80% of coral have been wiped out.

    Years of overfishing, boating and environmental degradation are causing coral reefs to disappear, and scientists say that's a huge danger around the world.

  • China challenges US dominance in Asia Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 9:39 AM ET
    China President Xi Jinping (L) sits with Pakistani Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif during their meeting in Islamabad, on April 20, 2015 Xi Jinping his maiden visit to Pakistan on Monday.

    President of China announced plans for $46 billion of new infrastructure spending in Pakistan, reports The Fiscal Times.

  • Why iron-ore won’t snatch Australia’s AAA Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 12:49 AM ET

    Iron-ore's plunge has put Western Australia's credit rating under pressure, but that's not likely to imperil Australia's AAA just yet, analysts said.

  • RBA rate cut can wait after better data: Pro   Thursday, 23 Apr 2015 | 12:07 AM ET
    RBA rate cut can wait after better data: Pro

    With Australia's inflation and jobs data showing signs of improvements, markets are pricing in too much for a May rate cut, says Jesper Bargmann, head of Trading, Asia at Nordea Markets.

  • BHP behind jump in iron ore prices: Expert   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 11:34 PM ET
    BHP behind jump in iron ore prices: Expert

    The price of iron ore soared overnight as BHP Billiton signaled it would slow its expansion programs, says Jonathan Barratt, chief investment officer of Ayers Alliance Securities.

  • Australian PM urges Europe to turn away migrant boats   Wednesday, 22 Apr 2015 | 12:45 AM ET
    Australian PM urges Europe to turn away migrant boats

    Colin Chapman, president of Australian Institute of International Affairs NSW, explains why Australian prime minister Tony Abbott's advice to Europe is "a bit premature."